Government will reply to apex court observation: CongressBy IANS
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
NEW DELHI - The Congress Wednesday said the government will Thursday respond to the Supreme Court’s observation about the silence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on a plea seeking sanction to initiate proceedings against then telecom minister A. Raja over the 2G spectrum allocation.
The Supreme Court has asked the government a question and the government will give an appropriate response tomorrow (Thursday), Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said replying to queries.
Tewari refuted allegations that the government had been soft-pedalling the 2G spectrum controversy.
The Supreme Court Tuesday took exception to the prime minister’s 11-month “silence” on former MP Subramanian Swamy’s plea seeking sanction to initiate proceedings against Raja over the 2G spectrum allocation controversy.
Raja resigned Sunday night ahead of the tabling in parliament of a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) into the 2G spectrum allotment.
The CAG report, tabled Tuesday, said Raja acted “arbitrarily” and ignored the “advice” of the prime minister and other ministries on spectrum allotment, thus “causing revenue losses of Rs.1.76 lakh crore to the public exchequer”.