New Delhi: Taking forward its probe into the 2G spectrum scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday summoned former telecom minister and BJP leader Arun Shourie.
The investigating agency will quiz Shourie on February 21.
A one man committee, appointed by the UPA government, had recently in its report questioned the spectrum allocation policy adopted during the NDA regimen in which Shourie was the telecom minister.
Justice Shivraj Patil committee said that new telecom licenses were issued in 2003 on FCFS basis at 2001 prices without any guidelines, overlooking telecom regulator TRAI’s recommendations.
However, Shourie defended himself terming the charges as “absolute fabrication”.
He even claimed that he had apprised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of the spectrum scam.
Shourie has alleged that the UPA government tried to interfere with the CBI investigation into the case when it changed the investigation officer in January 2010.
The Congress, on the other hand, has refuted Shourie’s claim that the Prime Minister was apprised by him of the spectrum scam.
The government auditor CAG has estimated the up to Rs 1.76 lakh crore revenue loss to the exchequer due to sale of spectrum in January 2008 by A Raja.