Another Indian politician accused of involvement in 2G scam

10:48, June 01, 2011      

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Indian Minister of Textiles Dayanidhi Maran has become the latest politician to get entangled in the 2G spectrum scam following reports that he allegedly favored Aircel promoters Maxis in the allocation of spectrum while he was the Telecom Minister in 2006.

It alleged that there was a 6 billion rupees (12 million U.S. dollars) scam in the clearance of Maxis file by Maran. Maran, however, has denied the charges, according to officia lsources on Tuesday.

But the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has hit out at the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi saying that Maran should come clean over the allegations.

The party has asked Maran to explain his role in alleged irregularities during his tenure as telecom minister.

"Another scam hits the United Progressive Alliance government led by the Congress. Dayanidhi Maran, a present Union Minister, who used to be telecom minister, favored private firms. Did Maxis company invest in Sun TV, owned by Marans?" BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad thundered here in New Delhi.

The Congress, however, has distanced itself from the controversy.

"Maran is the best person to answer to the allegations. Meanwhile, the Joint Parliament Committee is looking into the alleged irregularities in allotment of 2G," Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said reacting to allegations against Maran.

The 2G scam has led to the arrest of former Telecom Minister A. Raja and several of his associates, as well as that of the daughter of a top leader of the DMK party in Tamil Nadu.

DMK is an allied party of the Congress in Indian Parliament.

Source: Xinhua
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