Chidambaram gets a breather as SC dismisses petition

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Subramanian Swamy-P Chidambaram
New Delhi, Aug 24: The Supreme Court has dismissed two petitions filed against Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram seeking a CBI probe into his involvement in the 2G spectrum scam. This comes as a huge relief for the UPA government with Chidambaram breathing easy for now. The petition was filed by Janata party President Subramanian Swamy.

Giving out its judgement, the apex court stated that there is no prima facie material to show that Chidambaram got pecuniary benefits. Giving Chidambaram a clean chit, the court added that there is no material on record to prove that he abused his official position. It also said, "Poor management in the allocation of spectrum cannot be said to be the product of criminal conspiracy."

A bench headed by Justice GS Singhvi passed the order on NGO Centre for Public Interest and Litigation's (CPIL) plea to order further investigation in the case. It was based on CPIL's petition that the SC had ordered a probe into the 2G scam. They had sought a probe into Chidambaram's role in the case as well.

Swamy, who has been demanding a probe into Chidambaram's role in the 2G scam since he was the Finance Minister at the time the scam occurred, argued that Chidambaram was aware of then Telecom Minister A Raja's actions and the fact that he did nothing while Raja framed policies during the spectrum allocation was much highlighted.

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