Saturday, April 20, 2013

Chidambaram refuses to comment on JPC report

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2013 PTI

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday refused to comment on the JPC draft report which gives him a clean chit in the 2G scam, saying that he has "never been concerned" about the allegations.

"I have never been concerned about these allegations. In fact my concern has been a fraction of the media's concern," he told a select group of journalists here.

The Joint Parliamentary Committee has given a clean chit to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Mr. Chidambaram on 2G spectrum allocation.

The draft report of the JPC also rubbishes the loss figure of Rs 1.76 lakh crore estimated by CAG, saying it was "ill-conceived".

The report, which was circulated among members on April 18, before its adoption on April 25, has caused a political storm with former Telecom Minister A. Raja claiming that all decisions were taken in consultation with Prime Minister Singh.

Mr. Chidambaram is currently in Washington to attend the annual spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
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