BJP asks PM to clear air on S-band allocation controversy

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New Delhi, Feb 11 (PTI) Accusing the government of notcoming out with "complete truth" on the S-band allocationissue, BJP today said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh shouldmake an elaborate statement on the controversy as theDepartment of Space comes under him.

"The government is not giving the complete truth...thegovernment is deliberately trying to withhold entire facts.

Somebody has to come out clean, and I think it is the PrimeMinister who must now speak out as it is a department underhim," Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitleytold PTI here.

Jaitley claimed that the PMO has been coming out with"inadequate denials" stating only incomplete facts.

He also sought to know the nature of the agreementbetween ISRO''s commercial arm Antrix and Devas Multimedia onS-band allocation.

"How was it arrived at, how was the valuation done, isthis entire bogey of attempted annulment actual or is it afarcical one," he quipped.

To a question on people involved in the agreement, hesaid such decisions are not taken at a low level.

"They have been taken at an almost the highest levelin the government where the Prime Minister''s Office certainlyseems be who was involved and who was aware ofthis. And were they even aware of the value they weretransferring are questions that remain unanswered," he said.

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