Telecom officials accused of delay in 2G probe

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New Delhi, Feb 6: Telecom officials created hindrance in the investigation of 2G spectrum scam, claimed former Central Vigilance Commissioner Pratyush Sinha.

Sinha, who retired in Aug 2010, stated, "There was delay on part of telecom ministry officials to reply to queries raised by the Commission in its probe."

"..but somehow, we (anti-corruption watchdog) managed to get the documents needed for the investigation. Based on the investigation, at a glance, it appeared that there had been certain lapses in following government policies," added Sinha.

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"The CVC from day one felt that auction would have been the best option to distribute spectrum. Even the policy of first-come first-serve was not properly followed. There was no doubt in our mind that things were not properly done," he stated.

Sinha also continued as stating, "These lapses needed to be further probed for any criminal liabilities by specialised agencies. There was a clear vigilance angle in this case.... Hence the case was handed over to the CBI for further investigations."

OneIndia News
(With inputs from PTI)

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