New Delhi (JNN/Agencies):  Congress dismissed former Telecom Minister Arun Shourie's charges on PM's inaction in 2G spectrum scam despite prior knowledge about. The Congress said that Shourie does not have any facts to back his allegations.

Terming all of Shourie's charges as false, Congress said here on Friday, that the BJP leader is trying to divert attention from the main issue and asked him why he is framing these charges against the Prime Minister only after Justice Patil report.

Earlier, Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Shourie had claimed that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was informed about former telecom minister A Raja's involvement in the 2G spectrum scam in 2009. Shourie, who was the telecom minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, said that Singh took no action against Raja even after getting the information about the scam.

Shourie said Manmohan Singh had been provided substantive proof and informed about the irregularities in the awarding of 2G licenses some 18 months back.

"The PM was provided substantive proof and informed by me about the irregularities in the award of 2G licenses some 18 months back," Shourie said in an interview to a news channel.

After the Prime Minister did not act on his complaint for a month, he said, he was forced to approach the Central Bureau of Investigation. Shourie also alleged that his own party is not interested in taking the matter forward.

Raja has already been arrested along with his personal secretary RK Chandolia, former telecom secretary Siddharth Behuria and DB Realty Managing Director Shahid Usman Balwa.

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India in its report has claimed that the first-come-first-serve adopted by Raja led to a loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the national exchequer.

 

 

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