BJP on Saturday claimed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had not mentioned his wife’s name in the affidavit submitted along with nomination he filed as a Rajya Sabha candidate, as the party sought to blunt Congress’attack on Narendra Modi over his marital status.
“This is Manmohan Singh’s affidavit that was put before the Rajya Sabha (Returning Officer). He has not put his wife’s name in that affidavit. Why should we talk about such issues?” BJP spokesman Ravishankar Prasad told a press meet here while waving a copy of what he claimed was the PM’s affidavit.
Prasad did not say the affidavit was from which year, but Gujarat BJP leaders claimed it was filed in 2013 when Singh was re-elected to the Upper House of Parliament.
“This country has been following a tradition that personal issues are not raised in public. His (Modi’s) elder brother made a statement that he had left his home and family life to serve the country,” he said.
Prasad was answering a volley of questions related to Modi’s affidavit, submitted along with nomination paper filed from Vadodara Lok Sabha constituency, where for the first time he revealed he is married.
Launching a counter-attack on Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, who had on Friday referred to Modi’s personal life, Prasad said, “Rahul Gandhi’s understanding is very limited and people of the country have understood it.”
We do not know what else the ‘the unsigned note contained.
In an interview to Times Now, 2G scam main accused A Raja said that the UPA government had let him down. Speaking to the channel he said that there is no evidence against him. Instead he attacked the PM and said that Manmohan Singh was silent and did not accept the PMO recommendations. “It must be fair to say that issues enumerated by the CBI and CAG were not presented by the government in front of appropriate forums,” Raja said. When asked whether Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram should be questioned in the case, Raja said that it was upto the CBI to question them. “The CBI should decided who should be called and who should not be called for questioning in the 2G scam case,” he said. Raja also said that there was a parallel case which was not taken up by the CBI or the CAG. “Unsigned note was given to PM by telecom corporates regarding spectrum auction and how subscriber criteria can be devised,” he said. OneIndia News
The tampering of the Records of the Coalgate scam.
The Government doctored portions of the CBI Report for which the Supreme Court of India castigated the CBI , relate to the Coal block allocation made during the tenure of Manmohan Singh in 2006 and 2009.
It is not strange for this is the ‘Honest’ Prime Minister who gave a clean chit to A.Raja for 2 G scam well ahead of the enquiry.
He is also the Man who held ‘Paperless discussions with p.Chidambaram, then finance Minister and A.Raja!
A careful reading of the deleted portions seem to convey the message that there isan attempt to impliacte and expose the Pm,Manmohan Singh
Had people kept quiet on ‘the non existence of mechnaism’, the issue would not have surfaced!
“Notably, most of the changes were made in the PE (preliminary enquiry) No. 2 which dealt with the allocations made during 2006 and 2009 when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was in charge of coal ministry.
“Why was everybody interested in PE 2 only,” is the obvious query of the apex court….
According to advocate and social activist Sudiep Shrivastava, the second PE was launched by the CBI on a CVC reference following complaints made by BJP MPsPrakash Javadekar and Hansraj Ahir, who were interested in exposing the irregularities committed only during 2006 and 2009.
The CBI’s status report on preliminary enquiry (PE) 4 on coal block allocations made during 1993 and 2005 was also altered.
Sinha disclosed in his affidavit that the CBI’s finding that there was no system during 2006 and 2009 regarding allocation of specific weightage/points was deleted by officials from the PMO and coal ministry.
In contrast, both the joint secretary-level officials incorporated a sentence in the final status report on PE 4 highlighting the non-existence of approved guidelines for allocation of coal blocks…
A sentence dealing with the scope of inquiry with respect to legality of allocation even when amendments to the law were in process, was also deleted by the then Minister himself.
Both the drafts of the status report – before and after the doctoring – have been filed in the court in a sealed cover.
If one refers to the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report, it is noted that during the period 2006 and 2009, the screening committee made allocations of coal blocks to a particular allotee “in an arbitrary manner and for extraneous considerations”.
The screening committee was to go by minutes of its meetings. “However, there was nothing on record in the said minutes or in other documents on any comparative evaluation of the applicants for a coal block, which was relied upon by the screening committee. Minutes of the committee did not indicate how each one of the applicants for a particular coal block was evaluated,” the CAG states.
My reply was ‘It is a sin to to be indifferent when inhuman acts are done and in such a situation, people should have reacted against Hitler which they did not.
World War II and the Holocaust was the Result.
The other side is that when people in Power allow things to drift as the Wiemar Republic had done in Germany then people yearn for an alternative even if they were aware they were descending towards Inhumanity, they welcome it’as in Hitler’s case.
By allowing the Corrupt free as in India, we are escalating a situation as those in Germany prior to Hitler and the the French Revolution of 1789
In the land of Giants, we are Pygmies.
In the unfolding of ming boggling scams like Irrigation Scam in Maharastra,Mining in Goa,T Tamil Nadu, Thorium in Tamil Nadu,ISRO Antrix ….. ,since 2 G, makes it a novice.
But none can dismiss the precursor, the 2 G scam of allotting Licences in the Telecommunication sector by breaking every Law known .
to man, arm twisting and pure criminal intent.
Radia Tapes, Depositions by every one high and low, Court Strictures, jailing of Raja and Kanimozhi and of course of their release, murder of a witness close to the deal, location and identification of the Money trail…
Now the deposition by the then Attorney General that the issue of allotting the Licences to first come-first served,the alteration of the Press Note cleared by The AG……
Of what use and to what end?
I posted a blog on ‘Hitler‘s Germany, Photo Essay’ which drew a comment that it was horrible that an event could take place like this.
My reply was ‘It is a sin to be indifferent when inhuman acts are done and in such a situation, people should have reacted against Hitler which they did not.
World War II and the Holocaust was the Result.
The other side is that when people in Power allow things to drift as the Weimar Republic had done in Germany then people yearn for an alternative even if they were aware they were descending towards Inhumanity, they welcome it, ‘as in Hitler’s case.
By allowing the Corrupt free as in India, we are escalating a situation as those in Germany prior to Hitler and the French Revolution of 1789.
Attorney General Goolam E Vahanvati told the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on Tuesday that a Department of Telecommunications press release inviting applications for spectrum allocation in 2008 cleared by him was altered by Telecommunications Minister A Raja before it was issued. Vahanvati was the solicitor general at the time.
According to JPC chairman P C Chacko, the Attorney General also asserted that there had been no discussions between him and the minister, as claimed by the latter. Vahanvati told the committee that the changes in the first-come-first-served policy were never discussed with him and he had nothing to do with the allocation of 2G spectrum licences.
Vahanvati stated during his deposition that then telecom secretary Siddharth Behura had brought the file related to the press note pertaining to the policy, on grant of Unified Access Service licences, to him on January 7, 2008, and sought his opinion on the factual status about any stay in court on the issue of letter of intent. He had offered opinion on the “premise of trust”, Vahanvati said. However, he was not aware of the amendments subsequently made in the press note issued on January 10, 2008.
Chacko said, “That amendment… which had led to a qualitative change in the selection process was not known to the Attorney General.” Vahanvati, according to him, “conceded that he could not disagree that his trust was belied”.
Raja, who represents the DMK in the Lok Sabha, has been nominated to the Standing Committee on Energy. Kalmadi, Congress member of the Lok Sabha, has been nominated to the Standing Committee on External Affairs.
The Parliamentary Standing Committees examine the bills and give suggestions to the proposed legislations related to the ministries concerned.
Raja, who was arrested in connection with the 2G scam on Feb 2 last year, is on bail since May 15 this year. Kalmadi also spent about nine months in jail before being released on bail on Jan 19 this year.
DMK MP Kanimozhi, who was also accused in some cases related to the 2G spectrum allocation, has been nominated to the Standing Committee on Home Affairs.
Anti-corruption crusader and Janata Party (JP) president Subramanian Swamy on Thursday referred to a ‘mining scam’ in Goa and said that when present homeminister P Chidambaram was the finance minister between 2004 and 2007, he fiddled with export duties on mining ore so that mining companies like Vedanta reaped huge profits.
On a visit to Goa, Swamy addressed mediapersons and said the scam is worth around 16,000 crore. When he gets more time from his present engagement with the 2G scam, he will pursue the issue against Chidambaram, Swamy said.
The JP chief praised the movement spearheaded by Anna Hazare and expressed his willingness to join it, but said that Hazare and his team were focused totally on one piece of legislation – the Jan Lokpal bill.
He said the ACACI is now focusing on money stashed abroad. It has already given a 15-page complaint to the CBI asking it to file an FIR. “But the CBI has not filed the FIR even after one month. If and when it does, the ACACI will take the FIR to a criminal court and get a letter-rogatory. With that letter, the ACACI will go abroad and obtain details about the money stashed in foreign countries,” Swamy said.
He said that while the ACACI has provided names of politicians who have such foreign bank accounts, the French government has provided 788 names of Indians and the German government provided 16 such names.
“But the government of India is not prosecuting these people. If the CBI does not file the FIR by January 1, I will go to the Supreme Court asking it to direct the CBI to do so, like I did in the Raja case when the Prime Minister did not give me sanction,” Swamy said.
He said he has filed 17 files corruption cases against Chidambaram. These include irregularities in stock market and various other cases. “But my busy engagement with present cases is preventing me from pursuing the case”
Now, the scam that involves Rs.35,000 Crores is ,as expected growing involving Former UPA Minister Union of State ,Santosh Bargodia( 2006),who is expected to be arrested.
In the meanwhile, an Official in the Mining Ministry in Goa has revealed the details of the scam.This is being debated in TimeNow Channel to-night,Watch it.(24 September,2012)
CBI has also ordered the widening of the scope of the scam involving the NDA period.
Hope this does not detract the main case by mudslinging by the UPA and the NDA!
And let not the arrests end at the level of the junior officials and political non entities.
“The CBI has decided to expand its probe into coalgate bringing under its scanner all coal block allocations made since 1993 including the six-year NDA rule after a reference in this regard was received from the CVC on Monday.
Seeking the CBI probe, Jaiswal has also recently forwarded a letter written by seven parliamentarians to the CVC saying that blocks allotted between 1993 and 2004 including those given during the NDA rule should be investigated by the CBI, as allegedly favours were done to parties under political pressure.
The letter of MPs also sought for enquiry as to what system the government of India put in place for selection of companies for coal block allocation between 1993 to 2004 and whether these guidelines were followed and how were joint venture partners selected.
The CVC on Monday referred the complaints to the CBI to probe the matter and the agency will soon begin its investigation on it, CBI sources said.
The allocation of coal blocks to private companies for captive use started in 1993 when Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act, 1973 was ammended with the objective of attracting private investments in specified end uses such as power, cement and steel because of growing economy.
In its ongoing probe, CBI has so far registered seven FIRs against private companies and unknown public officials for alleged misrepresentation of facts.
“Till March 2011, the ministry of coal has allocated 194 coal blocks for captive mining of which 142 were explored blocks and the balance 52 were either regionally explored or unexplored coal blocks,” Comptroller and Auditor General has said in its recent report on coal block allocation.
The similarities between the Coal Scam and the @2G are so similar that it can be safely assumed the that 2G was a trail run to perfect the art of stealing from the exchequer without being accountable, hiding behind ‘notes’ bypassing the channels and keeping the Committee on the auction of the Coal for five years, while the allocation spree was indulged in.
Consider these facts.
Like Telecommunication, Coal is a Union Subject.
2 G had an ally heading the Ministry, with Congress holding the Minister of State slot.
As in 2G, ” the draft Cabinet note proposing auctioning of coal blocks, prepared on the instructions of the PM, was amended about half-a-dozen times, ostensibly to address the concerns of those who were opposed to auctioning. But each time the note was amended, a new litany of objections were raised”.
A convenient ploy for the Prime Minister to defend himself later by saying he ‘instructed’ to follow the rules!
In the case of the 2 G there was no objection to allocation from the States, while there were objections from the BJP ruled States,from Vasundhare Raje Scindia and Chattisgarh, which of course, were ignored.
Not that the Regional satrap Soren was The Minister for Coal and stooges of Karunanidhi of DMK for Telecom.
In the early days of 2G, TRAI and Ministry of Telecom advised for auction , pointing out the market value of the Service.
In the case of Coal.it was , then coal secretary PC Parakh 9at the time of UPA-I)
Following Parakh’s vehement opposition to this method, the UPA announced the auction policy in 2004 but didn’t operationalise it until 2010
“Parakh had informed the PM that the extant system under which a screening committee headed by the coal secretary with representatives from various ministries, State-owned corporations and state governments allocated captive coal blocks, was arbitrary, opaque and prone to corruption. More importantly, he told the PM that there was a substantial difference between the price of coal supplied by Coal India Limited and the cost of coal produced through captive mining, and thus, parties with captive blocks were making windfall gains.’
On 28 June 2004, Parakh, in a consultative meeting with stakeholders, including industry and consumer forums, made a strong pitch for linking the allocation of coal blocks with a market-driven economy. Between 1992 and 2004, on an average, three or four captive coal blocks were allocated to major steel, cement or power companies every year through the screening committee system.”
Non serious players, as in 2G, had entered the field like Jagathrakshakan’s J’R’Power P.’ltd which was five days old when it signed an MOU with Puduchery Investment Corporation(please read my blog on this).
As in 2G . the Coal Blocks were allotted at a fraction of the market price.
“while between 2004 and 2009, the UPA kept deferring the auction policy, it also went on an unprecedented allocation binge. As many as 155 precious coal blocks with billions of tonnes of coal reserves were allocated at a fraction of their true market worth in a span of five years (76 were allocated to private companies, and the rest went to public sector enterprises). The circumstances, as we will later see, suggest that this was done as per an elaborate conspiracy hatched between decision-makers and coal allottees.”
In 2G ,the BSNL was made to suffer while these shady Companies were brought in to make money ,in Coal
‘More than 80 percent of the allottees have not yet started producing coal from their respective blocks. This led to a bizarre scenario where on the one hand, the government acted with unprecedented haste in allocating these blocks, and on the other, it did precious little to ensure that the allottees started producing coal from their respective mines and used it for the designated end use like producing power, steel, cement, etc. The government has now set up a committee to identify how many operators have deliberately defaulted in starting the coal production work and how many got stuck on account of bona fide delays in land acquisition, forest and environmental clearance or approval of mining plan. The biggest rationale of the government behind captive coal block allocation was to enhance domestic coal production capacity.”
“The draft report of the CAG has pegged the total loss of revenue from this misallocation between Rs 6.31 lakh crore and Rs 10.67 lakh crore. While the windfall gain made by private companies stands between Rs 2.94 lakh crore and Rs 4.79 lakh crore, TEHELKA has learnt from its sources that the final CAG report has pegged the undue gain made by private operators between Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 2 lakh crore.”