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Arun Jaitley lashes out at PM, FM’s remarks on CBI

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said that remarks made by Singh and Chidambaram were ‘disappointing, to say the least’. ‘The attempt appears to somehow intimidate the investigation. In several crucial cases, investigation is at an advanced stage,’ Jaitley told reporters.

He said policy formulation was indeed in the domain of the executive but it cannot be immune from criminal investigation. ‘What if the policy is flawed, is framed with collateral objective to benefit a few people,’ Jaitley said.

Referring to the 2G spectrum allocation controversy, Jaitley said the UPA government had decided in 2008 to allocate the scarce spectrum at 2001 prices. He said the policy was flawed and faulty.

Jaitley said some applicants were leaked out information pertaining to ‘first come first pay’ policy in allocation of 2G spectrum and had bank drafts prepared even before the opening of allocation. ‘Should it not be investigated?’ he said.

Referring to coal block allocations, Jaitley said the government decided to allocate the blocks through screening committee and not through auctions and some of the allocations had to be cancelled.

He said the prime minister’s remarks and the finance minister’s support to them were ‘a flawed argument’. ‘Law does not accept it. CBI should not accept it,’ he said.
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