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BJP to continue to demand for political accountability of Chidambaram in 2G case

New Delhi, Sat, 04 Feb 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Feb 4 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today said that it will continue to demand political accountability of Chidambaram in the 2G case, after a Delhi court today dismissed Janta Party President, Subramaniam Swamy's petition to make Union Home Minister P Chidambaram a co-accused in the case.


BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said: "As far as the political accountability of Mr. Chidambaram, the then Finance Minister, is concerned, in view of overwhelming evidence, which is there in the public domain, the BJP shall continue to insist upon the political accountability inside and outside the Parliament."


He further said that the biggest case of corruption in independent India's history, in which the Supreme Court has cancelled 122 licenses, is an important issue in the political discourse of the country and BJP will continue to prominently highlight this issue in front of the nation.


While commenting on the trail court's verdict Prasad said that it is the ruling of the first court only and will wait for the higher court's ruling before making any further statement.


"One thing that we clearly know that, in matters concerning 2G, the higher court and the Supreme Court have, on several occasions, upset the decisions of the lower court. So this is just the first court's order, the order that will come from the higher court and the Supreme Court, we will make a comment after that only," he said.


On Thursday, the Supreme Court revoked 122 telecom licenses issued under a scandal-tainted 2008 sale, leaving the government acutely embarrassed and plunging the mobile network market of Asia's third-largest economy into uncertainty.


Prime Minister Singh's government has overseen the sale of licenses at below-market prices, costing the exchequer up to 39 billion dollars in lost revenues.


The Supreme Court had earlier directed a lower trial court to decide on whether Chidambaram should be probed in the 2G scam.


Former Minister Raja was forced to resign in 2010 and sent to jail last year after the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) faulted him for undervaluing spectrum to favour companies who were largely ineligible for 2G spectrum.


Swamy has submitted documents dating back to April 21, 2008 that claim that Chidambaram had discussed with Raja the prices of 2G Spectrum.


Swamy has accused Chidambaram of signing off on the telecom deal when he was the Finance Minister. (ANI)


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