Chidambaram had no role in 2G scam: Sibal

New Delhi: Coming to the defence of Home Minister P. Chidambaram, the government on Friday insisted that the former Finance Minister had “no role anywhere” in the 2G spectrum allocation controversy and demands for his resignation were a “conspiracy” against him.

The government also justified the fact that minutes of a meeting between Mr. Chidambaram and the then Telecom Minister A.Raja had not been recorded, saying it was not required.

“The demand for Chidambaram’s resignation is a conspiracy. Chidambaram had no role anywhere. Whatever and whenever decisions he took, he did so after consultations,” Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters here.

He was responding when asked BJP’s contention that Mr. Chidambaram had a role in the 2G spectrum allocation and should resign.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, who was also present, claimed that Mr. Chidambaram had never recommended to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that start—up spectrum should be treated as a ‘closed chapter” and there was some confusion regarding it.

“His comments were about additional spectrum charges,” he maintained.

On the minutes of meeting between Mr. Chidambaram and Mr. Raja not being recorded, Mr. Bansal argued, “the meeting was not such where the situation warranted preparation of any minutes…

The meeting was not required to record minutes.”

He said it was not a structured meeting like a Cabinet meeting or GOM where the minutes are prepared immediately after. “There are several occasions where two ministers meet even to discuss a specific issue but minutes are not made.”