Is it true that Shri Raja had met him personally in the first week of January, 2008 as stated in his letter to brief the Hon'ble PM about the procedure he was going to follow? In his submission, Shri Raja states, “Thereafter I met the Hon’ble PM in the first week of January 2008 and this issue was again discussed and he agreed with the proposed course of action of the DoT.”
The Supreme Court judgment once again reiterates its opposition to the distribution of natural resources as largesse through an opaque and arbitrary exercise of discretion by the government. It in no way exonerates the government for its policy of allocation of resources like spectrum and coal when there have been largescale malpractices and windfall profits illegally made by some private companies.
The 2G spectrum scam is a prime example of the big business-politician-bureaucrat nexus which has now become the hallmark of the neo-liberal regime. As early as February 2008, the CPI(M) had brought to the attention of the country the blatantly illegal manner in which allocation of 2G spectrum and licences were made causing a huge loss to the exchequer. The role of the Union Minister A. Raja was also clear.
The Supreme Court has correctly asked why the Prime Minister delayed responding to the request for permission to prosecute the Telecom Minister for 11 months? It should be further asked why the Prime Minister refused to order a probe on the telecom scam for a longer period despite repeated requests?
I am bringing out only a few instances of gross misconduct and illegal acts by the Minister. It is also clear that using the 3G license prices as benchmark, the loss to the exchequer has been around Rs. 190,000 crore. In such a situation, the Cabinet as a whole has to take responsibility of this sordid episode and take immediate action, both to repair this damage to the exchequer as well as redeeming its credibility. I would urge you to take the following steps immediately: