Tue, 03 Jul 2012 08:30:09 GMT | By Business Line

Pawar quits as head of ministers’ group on telecom

New Delhi: The Agriculture Minister, Mr Sharad Pawar, has resigned as the Chairman of the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on Telecom. Mr Pawar said his association with the decision-making process could motivate vested elements to drag his name into the telecom controversy.


Pawar quits as head of ministers’ group on telecom

Earlier, there were allegations that Mr Pawar had links with one of the companies that was given a 2G licence in 2008. Corporate lobbyist Niira Radia had told the CBI that Mr Pawar may be controlling DB Realty, the company that owns Swan Telecom. But the CBI has found no proof to link the Agriculture Minister to the company.

Expressing his desire to quit the EGoM chair, Mr Pawar stated: “Attempts have been made in the past to unnecessarily drag me into the controversy surrounding the allocation of 2G spectrum. These allegations were false and ill-motivated, which I strongly refuted. At this juncture, I believe that my association in the decision-making process as the Chairman of the EGoM, may further motivate the vested elements to try to drag me in the controversy.”

The Prime Minister has accepted Mr Pawar’s resignation sparking fears of further delays in deciding 2G spectrum auction rules.

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