CBI Director A P Singh gave a clean chit to P Chidambaram and stated before the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on 2G that there was no criminality on his part in the matter involving issuance of the spectrum.
According to sources, the CBI stated that it did not find any criminality on part of Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis deal. Speaking to Express, a member on the panel said, “The CBI, which is investigating the 2G scam, briefed the JPC on Tuesday on three major issues that were recently examined by the agency.”
“The agency had told the panel that the then Telecom Minister A Raja, during questioning, maintained that he followed the procedure and kept Prime Minister in the loop on spectrum allocation issue, but after examining the records it is very clear that he ‘constantly misled PM Manmohan Singh.”
The investigating agency also told the JPC that there was no siphoning off money by the companies named in the 2G scam.
“The agency said the companies, which were allocated spectrum, did not indulge in siphoning off money and it completely ruled out any money trail that leads to suspicion of money laundering. Even the foreign stakeholders transaction companies are transparent and as per the rules,” the member added.
Also, the CBI started investigating the case after the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India released its report on the 2G scam.
In fact, the agency said it was probing Unitech’s investments to the tune of `250 crore in the Isle of Man.