NEW DELHI, Feb 24 (IANS): The Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) Friday moved the Supreme Court (SC) seeking a court-monitored CBI probe into Home Minister P. Chidambaram's role in fixing the 2G spectrum prices along with then telecom minister A. Raja. Chidambaram was the finance minister when the alleged multi-million-rupee scam took place.
The petition alleged that as the then Finance Minister Chidambaram overruled the officers of the finance ministry who had favoured auction/market-based pricing of the spectrum.
The petition has said that by overruling the finance ministry officers, Chidambaram allowed the 2G scam to sail and thereby allowed telecom companies to make a killing.
The CPIL has contended that the facts that have now come on record merit a thorough investigation into the role of the finance ministry and Chidambaram in the 2G scam.
The CPIL held that as the finance minister, Chidambaram was uniquely placed to stop the scam which led to massive loss to public finances and corresponding gains to private parties. Thus, he clearly abused his position to benefit private parties and is liable to be tried under the Prevention of Corruption Act.