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Chidambaram, Raja discussed 2G pricing: Swamy

PTI Chennai | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on November 22, 2011

The Janata Party President, Mr Subramanian Swamy, on Tuesday released a set of documents to prove that the Union Home Minister Mr P Chidambaram discussed with former Telecom Minister A Raja in May—June 2008 the issue of pricing of the 2G spectrum at 2001 rates.

Releasing Finance Ministry documents dated July 4, 2008, he told a press conference here that Mr Chidambaram, then the Finance Minister, and Raja had agreed upon fixing the pricing of 2G spectrum.

The documents also show that they discussed spectrum usage charge and also the pricing for 3G bandwidth. The new 2G licences were distributed in January, 2008 by Raja who is facing prosecution.

“I am releasing these documents to demolish any argument that meeting between Chidambaram and Raja did not take place. There is no ambiguity (that they met),” said Mr Swamy, a petitioner in the case on the multi-crore scam, who has sought making Mr Chidambaram a co-accused.

“It has been agreed that the base price of 2G spectrum shall be determined by taking the entry fee of Rs 1,650 crore determined in 2003—04 for pan—India operation of UASL licensees as a price of spectrum for 6.2 mhz of bandwidth for GSM operators”, the document said.

“The document shows it (pricing) was an agreement. It comes clear,” he said and claimed the two had met four times.

Mr Swamy said he will file these documents before the court in Delhi on December 3 when the case comes up for hearing.

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Published on November 22, 2011
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