"The BJP welcomes the directions of the Supreme Court to monitor the CBI probe into the 2G spectrum scam. We fully endorse the instructions of the SC the scam involving more than Rs 1.76 lakh crore. Having said that, the BJP still strongly demands creation of a JPC and we reiterate this demand," BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.
Asked if the BJP had any issues with the period to be investigated by CBI as per the SC directives, Rudy insisted that his party had even agreed to a probe from 1998 onwards.
"We welcome the period of investigation which the CBI has to look into from 2001-08. In fact, the BJP had even said that we could have the investigations from 1998. In fact, my friends in the Congress will now have no alibi whatsoever to say that period has been left out," Rudy said.
The principal opposition has also expressed happiness at the time-bound investigations with the apex court directing CBI to file a report by February 10, 2011. However, the BJP is still firm on its demand for a JPC probe.
"The SC direction in no way dilutes our stand. In fact, it vindicates the stand taken by the BJP and the entire opposition," Rudy said.
He maintained that the CBI would only investigate the "criminal conduct" whereas a JPC would look into all aspects of the scam.
"There are several aspects like why Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh did not give sanction to prosecute A Raja for 11 months. Raja's contention that PM was taken into confidence on the decisions taken, and how some people lobbied that Raja gets the telecom ministry. The CBI has a mandate only to investigate corruption charges," Rudy said.
"All aspects can only be ascertained by a JPC," he added.
Asked about reports suggesting the involvement of Ranjan Bhattacharya, foster son-in-law of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Rudy said the BJP had all along insisted that the whole issue should be investigated to bring out the truth.