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BJP demands CBI probe into spectrum allocation issue

BJP demands CBI probe into spectrum allocation issue
PTI
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First Published: Tue, Nov 11 2008. 06 42 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Nov 11 2008. 06 42 PM IST
New Delhi: Alleging irregularities by the UPA government in the allocation of spectrum to telecom companies, the BJP on Tuesday demanded that the Prime Minister’s letter in this regard be made public and a CBI inquiry ordered into the matter.
“BJP demands that letters of the Prime Minister and Trai, on which Telecom Minister A. Raja is taking refuge for his decisions, should be made public,” party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.
The Prime Minister and Trai reportedly wrote letters to the telecom ministry giving suggestions on how spectrum distribution should take place. “Sometime ago Raja advocated auction and suddenly changed his stand to non-transparent distribution of 24 spectrum that too at old rates,” Javadekar said.
The BJP has accused Raja of selling the spectrum at Rs1800 crores to companies which are old players in this business, who in turn sold it off at Rs18,000 crores earning a seven-fold profit in the process.
“The nation has a right to know the truth. The CBI inquiry will unearth the truth...This is the mother of all scams,” Javadekar added.
The saffron party leader said that the telecom minister is also demanding a CBI probe into the issue but it is not about spectrum allocation.
“Raja wants to inquire about the pre-2007 decision to auction the spectrum by his predecessor Dayanidhi Maran. This is a funny infighting that is going on. Everybody knows both have been charged of loot and the country has witnessed their arm-twisting tactics,” he alleged.
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First Published: Tue, Nov 11 2008. 06 42 PM IST
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