Cong steers clear of CBI probe into spectrum 'irregularities'

Cong steers clear of CBI probe into spectrum 'irregularities'

The party at the same time maintained that there should be zero tolerance for corruption, and transparency and accountability in public life. "It is not proper for Congress or any political party to comment on the issue. This entire issue is in government files. Only the government can say what has happened," party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed told reporters.

He added that, "Congress stand is very clear. There should be transparency and accountability in public life. There should be zero tolerance against corruption."

He was replying to queries regarding BJP's strong reaction on Telecom Minister A Raja's statement that there was no question of his resignation over the Spectrum allocation controversy. "This (the investigation) is against officers. So far, no minister has been named. If any such name comes, then something can be said. If any one is named, then naturally it raises questions. When any such thing happens, we will express our views," Ahmed said.

Earlier, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley had said, "if he (A Raja) continues in office, the government could not free itself from the taint of corruption."

Raja earlier said he had followed his predecessors and decisions were taken in consultation with the Prime Minister, based on the opinion of top law officers.

CBI is probing allegations of irregularities in spectrum allocation and last week searched offices of DoT prompting demand from opposition parties for Raja's resignation. Dismissing suggestions that the Congress led government is acting under pressure from ally DMK in the case, Ahmed recalled, "Sukhramji was a minister in the Congress tenure and when he was named (in a corruption case), action was taken against him. It's a different matter that later he shook hands with BJP."