Amid a raging controversy over the 2G spectrum scam, Minister of State for Telecom Sachin Pilot said most of the allegations that are cropping up date back to the National Democratic Alliance regime.
Pilot said this when his views were sought on former Telecom Minister Arun Shourie questioning the sanctity of a one-man committee and terming the report as biased. "I don't want to comment on Mr Shourie's statements because I think he does that very regularly. I think we have to uphold the sanctity of the processes. If there is a commission that has been constituted, if the head has given recommendations or a report to the government, let the facts come out. "Anyone who says this was done right or wrong should have some substance to it and the fact really is that all these allegations that are coming now date back to the NDA regime and that is a matter of history. I can't change that, nor can Mr Shourie," Pilot told PTI on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
On Shourie's claim that he had informed about the spectrum scam to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Pilot shot back and said, "Why did he (Shourie) not point it out to Mr Vajpayee when he was the Telecom
The new telecom policy, work on which is in progress, will clearly define spectrum allocation, usage, sharing, mergers and acquisitions. The whole ambit of things needs to be put in the public domain with clarity, taking all the stakeholders' views on board and working with a unilateral focus on providing good quality services, he said.