Ex-TRAI arch alleges Manmohan Singh warned of ‘harm’ if he didn’t co-operate in 2G case

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In a intolerable explanation in a self-published book, former Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) authority Pradip Baijal has claimed that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had threatened him and even warned him of “harm” if he did not co-operate in a 2G scam.

Former TRAI authority Pradip Baijal. IBNLiveFormer TRAI authority Pradip Baijal. IBNLive

Former TRAI authority Pradip Baijal. IBNLive

“They (CBI) had warned me in any box (cases associated to 2G fraud and disinvestments) that we would be spoiled if we didn’t cooperate. Incidentally, this was accurately what a venerable economist Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) had told me would occur if we did not concur in their intrigue of things in a 2G case,” The Times of India quoted Baijal from his book ‘The Complete Story of Indian Reforms: 2G, Power and Private Enterprise – A Practitioner’s Diary‘.

The news also pronounced that Baijal had claimed that a PM discharged his concerns in 2004 over Dayanidhi Maran being allocated as telecom apportion as a case of dispute of seductiveness given Maran was a broadcaster and TRAI had been done broadcasting regulator in 2004.

Baijal also claimed that Maran told him that he was “Prime Minister, Telecom” and warned that he would face “harm” if he did not follow his instructions.

Earlier in May, CBI had argued before a Special Court that former Telecom Minister A Raja had “misled” a afterwards Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on process matters regarding to allocation of 2G spectrum.

In another TOI report, Baijal had also pronounced that CBI had forced him to implicate nobleman Ratan Tata and former cupboard apportion Arun Shourie to save himself. “They (CBI) would alternately bluster to mistreat me and my family and afterwards hook a carrot of provident me if we endangered Ratan Tata and Arun Shourie,” TOI quoted him as observant in his book.

He also purported that UPA-2 had given “unrestrained powers to a CBI to understanding with their domestic opponents, anticipating to cover adult their possess sins by forcing CBI directors to make choices in their favour.”

Baijal told a radio news channel that he had small choice though to go with a minister.

“In 2003, a supervision had asked me to give a Unified Service Licensing (USL) recommendations within 6 months. we gave a recommendation in a year. The supervision had told me not to give a recommendation. But we felt would get into critical difficulty if we didn’t give a recommendation. So we gave it,” Baijal told Times Now.

“After that, we was not treated properly,” he said.

“The problem with that recommendation was that it did not support a aged USL regime. The aged regime continued that led to a 2G scam. People attempted to implicate me in a scam. we was not endangered with a scam. I’d left TRAI in 2006 given a fraud took place in 2007 and 2008,” he added.

Baijal also pronounced that Singh had told him that he contingency listen to a afterwards telecom minister.

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The BJP has reacted to this claim opposite Manmohan Singh and pronounced that this was justification of “corruption of a many vicious kind”.

“It’s a predicted fluke that on a initial anniversary of PM Modi’s government, Baijal has explained everything,” BJP orator MJ Akbar told Times Now.

“We are articulate of a top in a land when we speak about a Prime Minister. This is justification of all a BJP has been saying. This is justification of a many intolerable truth, of crime of a many vicious kind that had turn a cancer in a UPA,” he said.

“This brings to an finish a nonsense Congress has started about BJP being pro-corporate. It is indeed Congress that is unequivocally palm in glove with massively hurtful associate capitalists,” Akbar said.

Congress orator Rashmi Kanth countered saying, “It is rather startling that Baijal is disclosing all this 7 to 8 years after on a eve of a initial anniversary of a Modi government. He is only following a line of a BJP to denounce a UPA. Has a afterwards Prime Minister reliable this? How can we take Mr Baijal’s views during face value?”

with inputs from PTI