The fact that the CBI has chosen to rely on the oral evidence of the accused - while giving a clean chit to Ambani - and ignored the documentary evidence totally suggests that it is either incompetent, partisan or corrupt. Or all three?
Last week, one was dumbfounded when Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal tried to insult the intelligence of the entire nation while stating that the 2G scam did not cause any loss to the nation. Though his arguments seemed convincing, they were heavily flawed.
None of the people involved in the cover up have answered the question as to who was the owner of Tiger Trustee from 2/3/07, the date on which the application was filed to 18/10/07, the date on which pan-India license was given to Reliance Communication and on which date the company Tiger Trustee was transferred to Balwa and Goenka for a paltry investment of 4.99 crores?
It is for some strange reason that Mr Chandrasekhar does not find anything wrong in Anil Ambani’s RCom being given a GSM license on 18/10/2007 when there was no notification for applying for a GSM license under dual technology but finds fault with the Tata's application of 22/10/07 for GSM after the notification for dual technology was made on 19/10/2007.
BJP's strategists believe that if a JPC probe is ordered then they can use the issue for a longer period of time (Assembly Polls in certain states next year and General Elections in 2014). Also, the members of the JPC can keep on widening the scope of the inquiry, and can even summon the Prime Minister to appear before it.
Ratan Tata would be well advised to sack the lobbyist, withdraw the petition from the Supreme Court and let the tapes remain in the public domain. Otherwise he risks damaging his reputation forever which will be a sad thing. As for the tapes, they will remain in public domain (the Internet is too vast to be covered by a court injunction).
CPIL has placed before the Supreme Court two draft reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), which pointed out that the 2G scam has caused a loss of over 1 lakh crore to the exchequer. Canary Trap brings you some important extracts of the CAG draft reports, which directly points a finger of suspicion towards Raja for alleged irregularities and favoritism in the allotment of spectrum.
Despite mounting evidence against Telecom Minister A Raja about his controversial role in allocation of 2G spectrum to firms at a price much below the market price, the UPA government appears to be shielding him. Raja's decision to grant new licenses resulted in a loss of around Rs 60,000 crores to the national exchequer. Canary Trap brings you this timeline of Raja's dubious role in the entire issue.
Documents available with Canary Trap reveal that CBI DIG Vineet Agarwal had sought call detail records of Nira Radia and some other middlemen from Directorate General of Income Tax through a letter on November 16, 2009. The CBI inquiry so far has completely shocked the government. As a result, the man leading the investigations into the scam was transferred. Is the removal of Vineet Agarwal a part of the government's efforts to bury the inconvenient facts that has emerged from the inquiry till now?