Subramanian Swamy: A man on Chidambaram's mission

Ignoring their commonalities, Subramanian Swamy is on a mission -- that of proving P Chidambaram's complicity in selling the 2G spectrum at throw away prices.

Swamy, president of the Janta Party and Chidambaram, India's home minister, both hail from the same state, have been students of statistics and are Harvard alum. But, that's where their similarities end. The two are presently locked in discordance over Swamy's allegations of Chidambaram's role in the 2G scam.

 Subramanian Swamy: A man on Chidambarams mission

A screen grab of Subramanian Swamy.

Moving a special application in the Supreme Court, in June this year, Swamy accused Chidambaram — then finance minister — of being involved in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, saying he received kickbacks. He demanded that Chidambaram be made co-accused and resign as the home minister.

The government responded by saying that Swamy should place any evidence he has to the effect, before the CBI which is investigating the case.

“Instead of coming directly to the Supreme Court, he should go to CBI,” senior advocate representing the Centre, P P Rao, had said, adding “whatever evidence is there, it should be placed before the agency."

The apex court however directed Swamy to present evidence to investigate the former finance minister's role.

“Place on record all your correspondence with CBI,” a bench comprising justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly said.

Claiming that Chidambaram was involved in deciding the 2G spectrum pricing, Swamy, on Wednesday, submitted a note from Pranab Mukherjee's finance ministry to the Prime Minister's Office questioning Chidambaram's role in the 2G scam.

The CBI in turn requested the apex court to ignore Swamy's plea saying it would undermine the investigating agency's autonomy.

According to a CNN-IBN report, on 25 March 2011, Dr PGS Rao, Deputy Director in the Finance Ministry, had sent an office memorandum to Vini Mahajan, Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, regarding allocation and pricing of 2G spectrum. The document cast doubts over the role of Chidambaram, who was the finance minister then, in Raja’s decision on the licences. The document cast doubts over the role of Chidambaram, who was the finance minister then, in Raja’s decision on the licences. The 11-page note, sent a month after Raja was jailed, was personally approved by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

The note said: “DoT could have invoked this clause (5.1 of the UAS licence) to cancel licence if the ministry of finance had stuck to the stand of auctioning the 4.4 megahertz spectrum.”

The Congress rejected Swamy's allegation and saying it was a "mischievous attempt" to create a rift between different constitutional functionaries, saying “we do not, in any manner, accept” the allegation.

“The party does not doubt his integrity. This precise issue has been raised by Dr Swamy in the apex court and is sub judice,” party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said.

Watch video of Swamy saying Chidambaram should be made co-accused:

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Updated Date: Sep 22, 2011 15:09:41 IST