Former telecom minister Arun Shourie on Friday appeared before the CBI in connection with the 2G case and said that the real issue involved kickbacks and not the policy pursued for spectrum allocation.
Calling for A Raja to turn “approver,” Shourie said the first-come first-serve argument being used by the government was a “red herring” to divert attention from the fact that money was made in the allocation of spectrum.
Shourie appeared before the CBI for questioning in connection with the agency’s probe into aspects of the telecom policy since 2001. It has been alleged that during Shourie’s time new licences were given to Tata Teleservices, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone-Essar and Aircel without auctions, which was against the Cabinet decision of 2003.
Shourie, telecom minister in the NDA government between January 2003 and May 2004, was with agency officials for nearly three and half hours after which he also accused his successor Dayanidhi Maran of changing the guidelines of spectrum allocation. He pointed that both Raja and Maran ignored the Cabinet’s decisions.