Pranab writes to PM on 2G developments

Pranab writes to PM on 2G developments

New Delhi: Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh detailing the events surrounding the controversial allocation of second-generation (2G) spectrum.

The letter comes amid a row triggered by the surfacing of a note suggesting that the 2G scam could have been avoided if the previous finance minister P. Chidambaram had insisted on auctioning licences instead of allocating them at 2001 prices.

Mukherjee’s letter gives details of the various meetings held on the subject of allocation of 2G spectrum, correspondences between various ministries and events leading to the decision.

Chidambaram, who is facing calls from opposition parties to step down as home minister, met Singh after the latter returned from the US on Wednesday. Officials said Chidambaram was present at a lunch hosted by Singh for former British prime minister Tony Blair.

Mukherjee had met Singh in New York on Sunday.

“The correspondence between the Prime Minister and ministers, I consider, are confidential," he said when asked about his letter to Singh.

Former Union telecom minister A. Raja and a number of officials and business executives are in jail for alleged irregularities in the allocation of 2G spectrum and licences.