Now, Sibal defends Chidambaram, says he had no role in 2G case
New Delhi: Defending Home Minister P Chidambaram, the government today insisted that the former Finance Minister played no role in the 2g spectrum controversy and that demands for his resignation are a conspiracy against him. The government also justified the fact that minutes of a meeting between Chidambaram and the then Telecom Minister A Raja had not been recorded, saying it was not required.
"The demand for Chidambaram's resignation is a conspiracy. Chidambaram had no role anywhere. Whatever and whenever decisions he took, he did so after consultations," Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters here. He was responding when asked BJP's contention that Chidambaram had a role in the 2G spectrum allocation and should resign.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, who was also present, claimed that Chidambaram had never recommended to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that start-up spectrum should be treated as a 'closed chapter" and there was some confusion regarding it.
On the minutes of meeting between Chidambaram and Raja not being recorded, Bansal argued, "the meeting was not such where the situation warranted preparation of any minutes." He said it was not a structured meeting like a Cabinet meeting or GOM where the minutes are prepared immediately after. "There are several occasions where two ministers meet even to discuss a specific issue but minutes are not made."
Strenthened by the Finance Ministry's letter to the PMO, BJP launched a scathing attack on the home minister and the Prime Minister for being complicit in the 2G spectrum allocation.
The Union home minister declined to comment on the finance ministry note to the PMO that raised questions on his role in the controversial 2G spectrum allocation.