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2G Scam Chidambaram

In India, the menace of corruption is evident from a long time. The Ketan Parekh's Securities scam in 2001,Navy war room spy scandal 2006,cash for vote scandal 2008, Madhu Koda mining scam 2009,Commonwealth games scam 2010 are just a small list of big scandals in recent years but the actual list can't be quantified here. The problem of Corruption is also evident from the Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index, in which India ranked 95th out of 178 countries.

The latest and the biggest of all scandals had surfaced in 2010 as 2G Spectrum scam, when CAG showed large-scale irregularities in the spectrum allocation. As per draft CAG report placed before Supreme Court, the 2G Spectrum scandal involved undercharging mobile telephony companies for frequency allocation licenses and the short fall of money is estimated to be Rs. 176,645 Corore. The main person accused of this scam was the then Telecom Minister Mr. A Raja. It is also believed that Mr. P Chidambaram, the than Finance Minister, also favored Telecom Minister in the scam. The Janta Party chief Mr. Subramanian Swamy deposed against Mr. Chidambaram in a Delhi court to prove his alleged complicity in the 2G spectrum scam. Swamy alleged that Chidambaram was involved in giving licenses on 2001 prices and that he endorsed Raja's actions and decisions. Swamy said that he produced before the court documents from CBI that showed Chidambaram gave permission for allowing Unitech and Swan Telecom to sell their equity to Norway's Telenor and UAE-based Etisalat respectively. He added that Chidambaram 'disregarded' a home ministry advisory and allowed the foreign companies to buy in the Indian companies, compromising national security. The Delhi court on 04 Feb 2012 dismissed Mr. swamy's plea to make Chidambaram a co-accused in the 2g case. However, Mr. Swamy has cleared that he will go to the higher court to seek out the matter.

The evidence shown by Mr. Swamy definitely shows a relation of Mr. Chidambaram with 2G case and the ruling of the lower court is very surprising. The co-accused plea is based on prima facie evidence. Unless Mr. Chidambaram's case is fully investigated like Raja, no one can say that he is culpable or not. It can also be estimate that a scam of this scale is not possible without the involvement of senior Government Ministers like Mr. Chidambaram, who held a not negotiable ministry in relation to financial matters at that time. In this case, the Court should have directed for an investigation rather than dismissal. Mr. Swamy should continue his fight and Mr. P Chidambaram whose election results is questionable and still in Court, should not feel that he is free. As a representative of the people, he is answerable to the Nation for his knowledge of the 2G facts & wrong practices. In case founded guilty of not performing his duty properly then like everyone else he should also get corresponding reward. The fate of Mr. Chidambaram will only be clear in due course.

Raj cham