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BJP's Pramod Mahajan told 'half-truths' about Vodafone, Airtel, says CBI

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CBI claims Pramod Mahajan, who was the Telecom Minister during NDA rule, had apparently told 'half truth' to Defence Minister George Fernandes about additional spectrum. CBI claims Pramod Mahajan, who was the Telecom Minister during NDA rule, had apparently told 'half truth' to Defence Minister George Fernandes about additional spectrum.
SummaryAgency claims additional spectrum was allocated without coordination with Defence agencies.

a different view, official sources said.

The matter, therefore, was referred to the Attorney General for his opinion who is yet to give any opinion, the sources said, adding CBI would file a charge sheet in the case only after getting the opinion of the top law officer of the government.

The agency, in its FIR, had alleged the two companies had entered into a criminal conspiracy which resulted in a loss of over Rs 500 crore to the state exchequer.

In its report, CBI alleged that the then Wireless Advisor P K Garg opined on the file that trials would commence under intimation to the Defence Ministry and if no comments were received from them within a month, formal assignment of spectrum would be issued to operators.

The opinion of Garg had the concurrence of the then Member (technical) Vinod Vaish, Secretary and also the approval of Mahajan, the agency said.

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