New Delhi: Former Telecom Minister Arun Shourie is all set to get a clean chit by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as the investigative agency has found no wrongdoing in the allocation of second generation airwaves during his tenure as a minister during the NDA regime between 2003 and 2004, says an agency source.

With this former Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman Pradeep Baijal, who had opposed the spectrum auction in 2003, is also likely to get reprieve in the case.

Baijal was also on the radar of the investigative agencies for having links with corporate lobbyist Nira Radia.

CBI had quizzed Shourie in February to find out whether the telecom policy had been violated in any manner or whether the TRAI guidelines had been subverted during his tenure as a minister.

The CBI had been investigating the allocation of 2G Spectrum between 2001 and 2007 period on the direction of Supreme Court.

The CBI has already filed two FIRs in connection with the allocation of spectrum during the tenure of Pramod Mahajan and Dayanidi Maran- the two telecom ministers during the NDA and the UPA regime respectively.

Notably, Arun Shourie was the first Telecom Minister to allocate spectrum on the prices of 2001.

Jailed Telecom Minister A Raja, who allegedly favoured some telecom companies, had been justifying spectrum allocation on the 2001 prices citing Arun Shourie’s example.

The 2G case had seen many twists and turns with several high profile politicians and bureaucrats being jailed for allegedly favouring telecom companies in awarding 2G spectrum.

DMK MP and former Telecom Minister A Raja is still cooling his heels in the Tihar jail in connection with the scam, while other telecom honchos and DMK Chief Karunananidhi’s daughter were recently granted bail by the court.

JPN/Bureau