Retired Supreme Court judge S Patil will examine how 2G spectrum was allocated to telecom companies from 2001, telecom minister Kapil Sibal announced on Thursday. The committee will have wide terms of reference and will examine if there was lack of transparency in allotting spectrum, said Sibal.
Sibal’s announcement in Delhi came in response to questions on opposition parties’ demand for a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into the allocation of 2G spectrum that the Comptroller and Auditor General of India says has caused a notional loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer.
The scam also cost then communications minister A Raja his job. On Wednesday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided the residences of Raja and his former ministerial aides to unearth details about the scam.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict on a petition seeking its monitoring of the CBI probe into the 2G spectrum controversy.
Parliament was adjourned for the 20th successive day Thursday on the spectrum issue, with the government ruling out a JPC probe and saying the issue could be debated in the house.