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2G: SC asks for affidavit on behalf of PMO


Ashok Bagriya,CNN-IBN
Nov 18, 2010 at 10:20pm IST

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to file an affidavit on the alleged inaction in responding to a petition by Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy that sought sanction to prosecute former telecom minister A Raja in the 2G spectrum scam case. The apex court has called the matter extremely serious.

Under fire both from the judiciary and the Opposition for inaction on the 2G scam, Manmohan Singh is on the backfoot and his first defence came in the Supreme Court on Thursday through Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam. Subramaniam denied the allegations out rightly.

"The point which was being made in the Supreme Court is that every letter which as written by Dr Swamy received prompt and expeditious attention," said Subramanium.

On Tuesday, the apex court had asked the government to explain why was there was delay on part of the Prime Minister to act against Raja.

Now the government has been asked to file an affidavit by Saturday to give in writing what steps it took to deal with complaints made by the petitioner Dr Subramanyam Swamy

But Swamy has not been buying the defence offered by the government.

"I am afraid that the Solicitor General has either been misled by the Prime Minister's Office or he has misinformed the court," said Swamy.

In Parliament the standoff continues between the Government and the Opposition. Aware of the Congress' predicament, the BJP is now slowing turning the screws on.

"I would say this that the party would take a formal call on this. But inch by inch things are moving towards that," said BJP Spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad.

The Government may have hoped that A Raja's resignation would douse the fire on 2G spectrum scam. But now with the Supreme Court asking the Prime Minister to file an affidavit in the matter, it seems that the troubles for the Government are far from over.

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