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2G scam: Chidambaram as guilty as Raja, claims Subramanian Swamy
Subramanian Swamy has demanded that Chidambaram should be indicted as an co-accused in the 2G case.
After Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaaand BJP president Nitin Gadkari, it was the turn of Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy to level serious allegations against Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram.
Accusing Chidambaram of being involved in the2G spectrum allocation scam, Swamy on Thursday alleged that the minister had received kickbacks and undervalued the spectrum cost. He also demanded that Chidambaram should be indicted as an additional accused in the case and demanded his resignation as the home minister.
Swamy has already moved a special application in the Supreme Court in this connection.
In 2008, licences of 2G spectrum were issued at 2001 prices in a bid to favour some big private companies. It led to a loss of around Rs 1.75 lakh crore to the exchequer.
Noting that Chidambaram was the finance minister at the time of the scam, Swamy alleged that the move to undervalue 2G licenses was a joint decision of him along with then telecommunication minister A. Raja.
"We have evidence now that P. Chidambaram had three separate meetings with A. Raja and decided on to grant 2G licences at 2001 prices. Chargesheet against Raja says that he is guilty because he fixed 2001 prices for the 2G spectrum, so Chidambaram too is guilty now," Swamy insisted.
DMK's Raja and his party colleague Kanimozhi have been lodged in Tihar Jail in connection with the scam.
Swamy also accused Chidambaram of being guilty of promoting businesses of ineligible telecom players. Holding Chidambaram guilty on three counts, Swamy said Chidambaram should be prosecuted and sent to jail.
"We have tape recordings of Niira Radia in which it is revealed that Chidambaram has received kickbacks. On all these three charges Chidambaram is guilty and he must go to jail. Why was this allowed? Chidambaram encouraged it. He is unfit to be the home minister. Therefore he should be removed and he should be prosecuted," Swamy said.
Earlier, Gadkari had told Aaj Tak news channel that he had proof which could embarrass Chidambaram. He said the BJP MPs would soon provide the CBI evidence against him and seek a probe.
Earlier in the week, Jayalalithaa too had slammed Chidambaram for his "fraudulent" election to the Lok Sabha and demanded his resignation.
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