The purpose behind Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal’s bid to give clean chit to his colleague and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram is difficult to understand. However, Sibal and other Congress members, despite their forceful arguments in favour of Chidambaram, cannot negate the fact that merely a few days back a Delhi court had allowed Janata Party Chief Subramaniyan Swamy to depose as witness and lead further evidence in support of his private complaint against Chidambaram in the 2G spectrum case. When the matter is pending before the court to decide the role of Chidambaram in the allocation of 2G spectrum, clean chit by someone in this regard holds no significance. Sibal may be precise that the then Telecom Minister A Raja, prior to issuing letter for spectrum allocation to mobile service providers, did not hold any meeting with Chidambaram, but this has hardly any substance. The issue is that amount for spectrum allocation was decided after taking Chidambaram’s concurrence. Since the Opposition is accusing him for his specific role, Kapil Sibal should have importantly clarified on this particular issue. Chidambaram appears to be on sticky ground, because the government has made clarification about his meeting with A Raja on price determination of the spectrum allocation by terming that it was an informal meeting so minutes were not prepared, however it has already proved incorrect. After this clarification, facts came to the fore through the government records that the meeting was held and the minutes were also prepared. The rest of the expose was made through the Finance Ministry’s note, which further left the government in an awkward situation. The note clearly stated about the then Finance Minister’s interference, the spectrum allocation process could have been accomplished through the process of bidding. In such a situation, how could Sibal’s clean chit to Chidambaram bail him out? 

Chidambaram can be only bailed out of the vicious circle of accusations, when the court will declare him innocent in the spectrum allocation scam worth thousands of crores. The Joint Parliamentary Committee probing the spectrum case may also have a lot to say about him. The contention of Sibal and his cohorts is precise that the Parliament should not be disturbed on the issue of Chidambaram’s role, because allegations made against him by the Opposition are yet to be proved. Though disruption on the functioning of the Parliament over Chidambaram is unfair, but the Congress had also boycotted George Fernandes on the issue during the NDA regime. This will lead to a wrong precedent. The stand of ruling alliance against the boycott of the Parliament is correct, but it would not permit the Opposition to give Chidambaram a clean chit. This can take place only when he will be found innocent in a probe.