New Delhi, May 18 (Calcutta Tube) Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy Tuesday pleaded before the Delhi High Court that the prime minister’s explanation be sought for not acting against Communications and IT Minister A. Raja over the alleged 2G spectrum allocation scam.
Arguing before Acting Chief Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Mukta Gupta, Swamy said: ‘Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should be directed to grant sanction to prosecute Raja as he was allegedly the mastermind in the 2G allotment scam.’
‘Eighteen months are too long and the prime minister should have decided on my application for getting sanction to prosecute Raja. If he thinks that the material placed by me is worthless, then he should have rejected my application. But he cannot sit on my plea,’ Swamy said.
Referring to a letter of the Prime Minister’s Office, Swamy submitted that the prime minister refused to decide on his complaint on the ground that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had registered a case against some unknown persons in the 2G spectrum allocation irregularity, and that investigations are still going on.
The arguments remained inconclusive and will continue Wednesday and the government will make its stand clear on the issue.
The spectrum scam created a furore in parliament after a newspaper report on the tapping of phone conversations between a high-profile lobbyist and public relations firm owner and Minister Raja alleged wrongdoing in the allocation of 2G spectrum.
Meanwhile, Swamy also filed a fresh petition seeking the court’s direction to scrap the allocation of 2G spectrum to telecom companies on the ground that the procedure followed by the Department of Telecommunication was arbitrary, illegal and against the norms.