Is it game over for Chidambaram? Trial court to decide today

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Subramanian Swamy-Chidambaram
New Delhi, Feb 4: In what can be easily termed a decisive day for the UPA government at the Centre as a whole and a verdict that could bear its effect on the upcoming Assembly elections in the 5 states, the CBI trial court is all set to decide if Home Minister P Chidambaram should be probed in the 2G scam or not.

Based on a petition by Janata party President Subramanian Swamy who wants to make Chidamabaram a co-accused in the biggest telecom scam independent India has seen, the matter will be heard by Justice OP Saini today (Feb 4).

The Supreme Court's verdict earlier that led to the apex body giving the nod to cancel 122 2G licenses granted post Jan 2008 had brought much shame to the Centre. The SC put the onus on the CBI trial court to decide whether the Home Minister should be put under the radar. The SC bench comprising of justices GS Singhvi and AK Ganguly added in its order that its decision will in no way influence the proceedings of the trial court.

Swamy argued that Chidamabaram was in the know of the scam along with the then Telecom Minister A Raja and did not do anything to avert the scam. His plea also stated that Chidambaram was not opposed to the idea of offering precious spectrum licenses in 2008 at 2001 rates. The then Finance Minister, Chidambaram is also understood to have overruled his own officials in making such a decision.

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