By- Correspondent| Date- September 22, 2011
Dr. Subramanian Swamy, whose efforts had led to the exposure of the million dollar 2G scam, is now all set for the battle against Home Minister (then Finance minister) P Chidambaram. Producing documents in the Supreme Court which showed that Chidambaram was involved in deciding the second generation (2G) spectrum pricing, Dr. Swamy brought the next big name of the centre to the scene. Dr. Swamy presented the documents before the apex court bench of Justice GS Singhvi and Justice AK Ganguly and requested a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into Chidambaram’s alleged role in deciding the price of 2G spectrum allocation.
Opposition Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) was quick to react, demanding an immediate resignation of the home minister. However Congress defended by saying that the BJP was “jumping to conclusion” and objected the plea by Dr. Swamy into the matter.
On the other hand, the CBI seemed to be unhappy about Dr. Swamy’s request to Supreme Court. Appearing for CBI, advocate K K Venugopal argued that if the Supreme Court entertained Dr. Subramanian Swamy’s plea for probe into then finance minister P Chidambaram’s alleged role in the 2G spectrum pricing row, it would seriously undermine the premier investigating agency’s autonomy and that Venugopal said SC’s role has come to an end as far as the conspiracy angle in the 2G was concerned since the trial has commenced. However, the hearing bench reminded the CBI that its probe into the 2G scam gathered pace only after petitions by the Centre for PILs and Swamy were filed in the Supreme Court.
Mentionable that on August 18th, Dr. Swamy had declared that he would be soon going to file a case in the Supreme Court against Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi, seeking permission to prosecute her under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Dr. Swamy had made several allegations against Sonia Gandhi, including the claim that 60% of the 2G scam loot went to her two sisters. He had alleged that Sonia Gandhi has benefited from Bofors, she has benefited from Iraq food for oil deal, she has been the recipient of the payoffs from the Russian KGB and that she has been maintaining secret bank accounts abroad. He had also reminded that the Delhi High Court had earlier issued a notice to the CBI regarding the Bofors scam and that the spokesman of the successor organization of the KGB (FSI) had agreed to have given money to the Gandhi family because the whole family was friendly to them.