New Delhi : BJP on Tuesday demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh be questioned by the CBI in the 2G spectrum case after former Telecom Minister A Raja told a court that every decision was allegedly taken with the PM’s ‘concurrence’.

Describing Raja’s deposition in the court as ‘shocking’, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said, “Now CBI must interrogate the PM on 2G issues as the matter is in court and the probe will not be completed if PM is not interrogated. Now it is clear that PM is also involved in the scam.”

Raja, on Monday had sought to drag Singh’s name by saying that all actions were taken with the PM’s “concurrence” and not ‘unilaterally’. Javadekar said, “It is very serious revelation of former Telecom Minister A Raja in the CBI court.

Terming the UPA government as “most corrupt government”, the BJP leader also referred to the Commonwealth Games scam. “Sunil Dutt, who was made chairman first, was replaced in a day by Suresh Kalmadi.” Referring to the coal scam, Javadekar said, “As far as coal is concerned, the PM himself was the Minister and every decision taken on coal mines has been done with his clear orders.”

‘Vahanvati gave a

false statement’

Meanwhile, former Telecom Secretary Siddhartha Behura accused Attorney General G E Vahanvati of giving false statement against him, saying he did so to ‘dissociate’ his role in formulation of the revised first-come-first-served (FCFS) policy for distribution of the 2G spectrum licences.

Deposing before the special 2G court, Behura claimed that Vahanvati, who was the then Solicitor General (SG) in January 2008, had also given false statement regarding the draft press release about issuance of letters of intent to eligible telecom firms.

“Vahanvati’s main concern is to disassociate himself from any involvement in formulation of the revised FCFS policy as stated….In his evidence, SG, therefore, has made a false statement that I (Behura) made a telephonic call to him asking him if there was any stay and also asked him to confirm the same in writing, to which he agreed and thereafter I went to see him along with the file.                 — PTI

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