Did A Raja, now in jail, pull off the 2G scam with the secret consent of Home Minister P Chidambaram?
A finance ministry note that has just surfaced seems to suggest so. And that is the reason Chidambaram, the suave Congress leader from Tamil Nadu, suddenly finds himself under attack.
Pranab Mukherjee, finance minister at the time of spectrum allocation who it appears tried to stop the swindle, is refusing to comment on the letter, fuelling suspicion that a cold war is on between him and Chidambaram.
On a day global markets slumped and alarmed investors, the role of Chidambaram in the 2G scandal was so big a story that it held the attention of television channels. The Congress came out to defend its home minister, while the BJP demanded his resignation.
A quick recap: The nation lost Rs 1.76 lakh crore, by the national auditor's reckoning, because A Raja, then telecom minister, sold spectrum in 2008 at 2001 rates. Raja is now in jail with Kanimozhi, DMK president Karunanidhi'sRead More »from Will 2G claim Chidambaram’s job?