2G scam: Will court summon Chidambaram on Dec 17?

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New Delhi, Dec 8: P Chidambaram's future as Cabinet Minister will be decided in a week or two as the Patiala House court allowed Janata Party Chief Subramanian Swamy to depose as a witness and present the case against the Union Home Minister in the 2G spectrum case on Dec 17.

Swamy's allegation against the Home Minister will be examined by the court. Sources said the court may summon two witnesses namely HC Awasthi, a Joint Director with the CBI and Sindhushree Khullar, a former Finance Secretary.

Reacting to Swamy's allegation on Chidambaram, the main opposition party, BJP demanded Chidambaram's resignation on moral grounds. Defending Chidambaram, Union Law Minister Salman Khursheed said, "Chidambaram has done nothing wrong and opposition demands is unjustified."

Moreover, the Congress Party is also not seen happy with Chidambaram over his inability in properly handling issues like T-factor jinx - an acronym for Telecom Spectrum Scam, Telengana issue and Tamil Nadu row. Chidambaram also had a rift with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee over the 2G note, which held him responsible for the 2G spectrum scam. Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh had also expressed disappointment over the issue of naxalism in Chattisgarh and Jharkhand. In such a situation, the ruling party has enough reasons to expel him from the cabinet if a summon is issued.

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