Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy had said that the file was ‘very crucial’ for establishing the corruption angle in the 2G spectrum scam because according to A Raja “it was P Chidambaram who told him that he can permit Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd and Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Pvt Ltd to sell their licences (shares) to blacklisted companies Etisalat and Telenor respectively”
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today told a Delhi court that it would provide in two days a copy of a file relating to second generation (2G) spectrum allocation to Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy who alleged the document would prove the ‘complicity’ of then finance minister P Chidambaram in the scam, reports PTI.
CBI prosecutor AK Singh told special CBI judge OP Saini that the agency will give the copy of the file to Swamy by Thursday.
The Janata Party chief today appeared before the court to allege that despite a judicial order on the issue the probe agency has not given him the documents so far.
Mr Swamy, in his application which was filed earlier, had sought the copy of the file, relating to the Unified Access Services Licences (UASL) policy regarding sale of equity (lock-in period) which was seized by the CBI on 22 October 2009, during its probe.
He is seeking prosecution of Mr Chidambaram in the 2G case.
Mr Swamy said the CBI was not complying with the court order.
“A week before, you (judge) had passed an order asking CBI to give the certified copy of the file to me but the CBI has still not handed that to me,” he said.
He said neither the agency has submitted the file in the court nor are they providing it to him.
Earlier, Mr Swamy had claimed that the documents, with endorsements and signatures of Mr Chidambaram, proved the complicity of the then finance minister in the scam.
The special judge, who earlier allowed Mr Swamy to inspect the judicial records to see the documents, later asked CBI to give the file to him after it came to light that it was not filed by the agency.
Mr Swamy had said that the file was ‘very crucial’ for establishing the corruption angle in the 2G spectrum scam because according to A Raja “it was P Chidambaram who told him that he can permit Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd and Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Pvt Ltd to sell their licences (shares) to blacklisted companies Etisalat and Telenor respectively.”
During the searches, 59 documents were seized by CBI which included the file relating to the UASL policy regarding sale of equity.
State-owned oil companies have passed on the Rs1.85 a litre that they gained from a fall in global oil prices and a marginal appreciation in rupee value. The reduction comes days after state-owned oil companies raised petrol prices by a steep Rs1.80 per litre
New Delhi: State-owned oil marketing companies (OMCs) have slashed petrol price by Rs2.22 a litre, the first reduction in 33 months, reports PTI.
Petrol in Delhi will cost Rs66.42 per litre with effect from midnight tonight as against Rs68.64 a litre now.
The reduction comes days after state-owned oil companies raised petrol prices by a steep Rs1.80 per litre.
State-owned oil companies have passed on the Rs1.85 a litre that they gained from a fall in global oil prices and a marginal appreciation in rupee value. Adding 20% local sales tax, the decrease in Delhi comes to Rs2.22 per litre.
The reduction in Mumbai was Rs2.34 per litre while in Kolkata it was Rs2.31 a litre. The price cut in Chennai was Rs2.35 per litre.
Earlier today, a senior official in one of the OMCs had said, “Gasoline (petrol) averaged $115.8 per barrel in November against the $121 per barrel price taken at the time of the Rs1.80 per litre hike in petrol price. Also, the rupee has averaged Rs49.20 per US dollar, which is less than the October average.”
State-owned oil firms had on 3rd November hiked petrol prices by Rs1.80 per litre, the fourth increase this year, as the rupee fell from 46.29 a dollar to Rs 49.40 a dollar.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati aid that the cabinet has approved a resolution for creation of Purvanchal, Bundelkhand, Awadh Pradesh and Paschim Pradesh which would be tabled in the session beginning 21st November
Lucknow: In a bid to outsmart rivals ahead of the assembly elections, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati today announced bringing a resolution in the state assembly for carving out four new states in the winter session beginning next week, reports PTI.
Addressing a press conference here, she said that the cabinet has approved a resolution for creation of Purvanchal, Bundelkhand, Awadh Pradesh and Paschim Pradesh which would be tabled in the session beginning 21st November.
Seeking to throw the ball into the Centre’s court, where the Congress heads the UPA coalition, the chief minister maintained that as per Schedule 3 of the Constitution, the Centre has to take a decision with regard to renaming, reorganisation or creation of new states.
However, she said that as no positive initiative has been taken so far, the cabinet has decided to get the resolution passed and send it to the Centre hoping for a speedy action on it.
The chief minister, who had earlier written a letter for reorganisation of the state to the prime minister maintaining that it was not in the jurisdiction of the state, today said that this decision has been taken after proper consideration to mount pressure on the Centre.
This demand is also in keeping with the aspirations and ambitions of these regions, she said.
Uttar Pradesh has 80 Lok Sabha MPs and an Assembly with 403 MLAs. Ms Mayawati’s move today is seen as an attempt by her to cash in on the sentiments in favour of small states in the western and eastern regions and the Bundelkhand area of the state during the assembly elections.
Parties like Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) headed by Ajit Singh have been campaigning for small states like Harit Pradesh comprising the western region.
Ms Mayawati’s main rival, Samajwadi Party, is strongly opposed to the division of the state, while the Congress has sought to counter her demanding that she take the initiative.
Without making it clear whether it was in favour or against such a move, the BJP has favoured setting up of a States Reorganisation Commission to go into demand for smaller states.
Stressing that reorganisation of the state would help in all-round and balanced development and give a better future to the people, Ms Mayawati said that Uttar Pradesh as per the 2011 census has a population of over 19 crore which means that almost 16% people of the country live here.
It is also among one of the biggest states going by its area, she said, regretting that because of the wrong policies of earlier state and central governments led by Congress, BJP, Samajwadi Party and others, the state could not witness all-round development and lagged behind.
Ms Mayawati said her party and government supported the view of Dr BR Ambedkar on smaller states and units which can be better managed administratively.
“Therefore, whenever the BSP has been in the power, new divisions and districts have been created in the state,” she said.
The chief minister said that she had hoped that in keeping with the regional aspirations, the Centre would adopt a positive attitude and then her government would convene a special session of the Assembly to send a formal proposal for creation of new states, but no concrete steps were taken.
Though the state gave maximum prime ministers to the country, major steps for the development of the state were not taken, she alleged.
She said it was for the proper and all-round development of the state that after coming to power in 2007 she demanded a special package for the state, which is yet to elicit a positive initiative from the central government.