Arun Shourie appeared before the CBI

New Delhi:Former Telecom Minister Arun Shourie on Friday appeared before the CBI in connection with the 2G case and said the real issue involved kickbacks and not the policy pursued for spectrum allocation.

Before he went into the CBI headquarters where he was called for questioning, he said the government was trying to divert the attention from "real issues" by coming up with "rubbish arguments".

Shourie, who was Telecom Minister in the Vajpayee government, said he will assist the CBI in whatever way possible and will also submit a 50-page document prepared by him giving details about broad questions like on first-come- first-serve basis policy that are appearing in the media.

"It is a very interesting point (fist-come-first-serve-basis). It is a red herring shown to the public. The issue is that (former Telecom Minister) A Raja made money irrespective of whether it was a first-come-first- serve policy or not.