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Advani asks PM to explain PMO�s role in 2G scam

By The Assam Tribune

PANAJI/NEW DELHI, Nov 2 � Firing a fresh salvo at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, BJP leader LK Advani today demanded answers from him on PMO�s role in the controversial 2G note issue, reports PTI.

�The country has to know how much was PMO�s responsibility and how is the Finance Minister responsible,� Advani told reporters in Panaji.

The note had sought to suggest that P Chidambaram, as the Finance Minister in 2008, could have prevented the 2G scam by insisting on auctioning the spectrum.

Advani claimed it was �evident� that Chidambaram had a role to play by not insisting on auction of the spectrum and that the Prime Minister should have ordered an inquiry against the minister instead of expressing confidence in him.

Questioning Advani�s demand, Law Minister Salman Khurshid said as the case was already before the courts, a �parallel trial� cannot take place outside.

�A parallel trial cannot go on outside the courts... There is a basic thing that I want Mr Advani to know, that there is a principle of sub judice that you cannot discuss what�s happening in the court,� he told reporters in Delhi.

Advani, who is in Goa as part of his anti-graft yatra, said: �If the PMO understood rightly that Chidambaram did not take preventive and remedial measures in time in order to prevent loss of public revenue in 2G allocation, then it was incumbent upon the Prime Minister to permit investigation into his role instead of expressing confidence in Chidambaram that he is innocent.�

He said fresh facts have come out through Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee�s September 26 letter to the Prime Minister contending that �The Finance Ministry note on 2G spectrum was in fact prepared in consultation with the Cabinet Secretariat and on the insistence of the Prime Minister�s Office.�

�The country would like to know the full facts about this 2G scam and how much is the PMO�s responsibility and how much is the then Finance Minister�s responsibility,� Advani said.

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Advani asks PM to explain PMO�s role in 2G scam

PANAJI/NEW DELHI, Nov 2 � Firing a fresh salvo at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, BJP leader LK Advani today demanded answers from him on PMO�s role in the controversial 2G note issue, reports PTI.

�The country has to know how much was PMO�s responsibility and how is the Finance Minister responsible,� Advani told reporters in Panaji.

The note had sought to suggest that P Chidambaram, as the Finance Minister in 2008, could have prevented the 2G scam by insisting on auctioning the spectrum.

Advani claimed it was �evident� that Chidambaram had a role to play by not insisting on auction of the spectrum and that the Prime Minister should have ordered an inquiry against the minister instead of expressing confidence in him.

Questioning Advani�s demand, Law Minister Salman Khurshid said as the case was already before the courts, a �parallel trial� cannot take place outside.

�A parallel trial cannot go on outside the courts... There is a basic thing that I want Mr Advani to know, that there is a principle of sub judice that you cannot discuss what�s happening in the court,� he told reporters in Delhi.

Advani, who is in Goa as part of his anti-graft yatra, said: �If the PMO understood rightly that Chidambaram did not take preventive and remedial measures in time in order to prevent loss of public revenue in 2G allocation, then it was incumbent upon the Prime Minister to permit investigation into his role instead of expressing confidence in Chidambaram that he is innocent.�

He said fresh facts have come out through Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee�s September 26 letter to the Prime Minister contending that �The Finance Ministry note on 2G spectrum was in fact prepared in consultation with the Cabinet Secretariat and on the insistence of the Prime Minister�s Office.�

�The country would like to know the full facts about this 2G scam and how much is the PMO�s responsibility and how much is the then Finance Minister�s responsibility,� Advani said.