New Delhi (Agencies): Shifting the blame for transgressions in the allotment of spectrum for second generation (2G) phone services to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA government of 2003, Union IT and Communications Minister Kapil Sibal said here on Friday that the current government merely followed existing procedures.

'All decisions on allocation of 2G spectrum starting from 2003 were incorrect,' Sibal said, sharing the report of the one-man panel under former Supreme Court Judge Shivraj V Patil that examined the airwaves policy between 2001 and 2009.

The minister also said the under scrutiny policy of first-come-first-served basis to allocate the spectrum was also started during the NDA rule. This is the line that the minister has taken since he began fire-fighting on the behalf of the government on 2G issue.

'Those who are making allegations today are the ones who actually began it. Why wasn't there an inquiry then? Ministers who did not follow cabinet decision were not questioned,' Sibal said.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had suggested in 2003 that more telecom players could be introduced through multi-stage bidding process and the Cabinet accepted it in 2003. But the NDA did not follow the same.

He wondered as to why this information was being overlooked by opposition parties now while blaming the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, which took charge in May 2004, for the spectrum scam.

Sibal's comments, summarizing the Patil committee report, come in the backdrop of the arrest two days ago of DMK's A Raja, who was overseeing the communications ministry till Nov 7 when he was forced to step down in the wake of an audit report.

The official audit institution, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, had said Raja's policies on spectrum allocation had resulted in the loss of between $12.8 billion and $40 billion to the exchequer.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had arrested Raja and two of his aides Wednesday on two counts -- misuse of office in allocation of spectrum, a finite national resource, and amassing wealth much higher than the known and legal sources of their income.

It however pegged the loss at Rs 22000 cr.