Arun Shourie holds key to 2G scam puzzle?

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New Delhi, Feb 25: Yes, its 2G time again and with new revelations tumbling out of the closet, the scam is snowballing into something bigger than expected. The latest one to spurt out key facts on the scam will be senior BJP leader Arun Shourie.

He will appear before the CBI today (Feb 25) to convey his views on the 2G spectrum scam and will hand over vital proof that might even hold the key to unfolding the scam. The issue gains even more prominence considering the fact that Shourie was the Telecom Minister from Jan 2003 to May 2004.

He claimed earlier that he had intimated Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the massive irregularities in the spectrum allocation to various telecom companies. He had revealed that the PM had acted irresponsibly and had forwarded the case to relevant authorities with no tangible conclusion.

Shourie also slammed the Justice Patil report calling it "fabricated". The UPA in defence had even said that the present telecom policies was not newly formulated and they were just following the rules set forth by the NDA regime.

The CBI has slammed the discrepancies in the "first-come-first-serve basis" spectrum allotment to some telecom companies and that the man in the eye of the storm, former Telecom Minister A Raja, got kickbacks for jumping the line and helping out certain private players.

The companies that got an unfair advantage include Bharti, Vodafone and Idea among many others. The CBI is also looking in to the policies framed by various Telecom Ministries, including that of late Pramod Mahajan, Shourie and Dayanidhi Maran of DMK.

Lets hope Shourie is able to bring some clarity to the giant 2G puzzle that has the UPA government in knots.


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