Team Anna now targets Manmohan
Wants SIT set up to investigate corruption charges against PM and 14 ministers
Team Anna has demanded an SIT probe against the prime minister, finance minister and several others in the Union Cabinet, pertaining to corruption charges allegedly made against them.
In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday, the activists have asked the government to set up a special investigation team (SIT) to conduct the probe. An agitation will be launched from June 25 if the government does not set up the SIT, it said.
The team has included, besides Singh and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the names of other Union ministers P Chidambaram, Sharad Pawar, S M Krishna, Kamal Nath, Praful Patel, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Virbhadra Singh, Kapil Sibal, Salman Khushid, G K Vasan, Farroq Abdullah, M K Alagiri and Sushil Kumar Shinde in the list. It has also demanded that the same SIT should go into some charges made against Team Anna members. It even suggested a list of six former Supreme Court judges from whom the SIT could be formed.
On the basis of a CAG report, Team Anna alleged the PM’s role in the allocation of coal blocks during November 2006 to May 2009 when he was personally in charge of the coal ministry. “A major coal scam took place which allowed private firms to make windfall gains,” the letter alleged.
The allegations which Anna’s team made against Chidambaram relate to the 2G scam, accusing him of overruling auctioning of 2G spectrum at market price, allowing sale of equity by Swan and Unitech, and Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval to Hutch-Vodafone and Aircel-Maxis.
“The involvement of Pranab Mukherjee in the Scorpene scam is apparent,” the Team said and wanted a probe.
The list of allegations made has some well known cases. The Team has demanded a probe against the ministers alleged to be involved in Maharashtra’s Adarsh Society scam (Vilas Rao Deshmukh, Shushil Kumar Shinde) and Lavasa scam (Sharad Pawar) and Nira Radia tapes case(Kamal Nath).
The letter, signed by Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal, Shanti Bhushan, Prashant Bhushan, Kiran Bedi and Manish Sisodia, has said that the ivestigation team should be made up of three persons from a list containing the names of retired Supreme Court judges, Justices Sudarshan Reddy, Ganguli, A P Shah, Kuldip Singh, J S Verma and M N Venkatachaliah.
The letter demanded that cases the CBI was investigating against party chiefs Mayawati, Mulayam Singh, Laloo Prasad and Jayalalita should be handed over to the suggested SIT.