the inside story of decision-making and how they were pressurized during the UPA rule. Actually, the books of these former GoI secretaries do take a holistic approach in policy-making, but the news trigger comes from their target – the bureaucrat-turned former prime minister Manmohan Singh.
Baijal’s new book “The Complete Story of Indian Reforms: 2G, Power and Private Enterprise - A Practitioner’s Diary” alleges that the then prime minister Manmohan Singh warned him that non-cooperation in the 2G case would harm him more. According to news reports, Singh had wanted Baijal to follow the directions of then telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran who had opposed to a paper on a new licensing regime in 2005.
Baijal, a 1966 batch IAS officer, was probed for his role in the 2G scam and also in another case of disinvesting the ITDC-owned Laxmi Vilas Palace hotel (spreading over 29 acres) to Bharat Hotels for 7.52 crore, back in 2002.
The former bureaucrat has written in the book that he had warned many in the UPA-II that the enquiries against him and others would lead back to Singh, as he as the PM had gave nod to the actions of ministers and ministries in his government. “This is precisely what was proved later. The actions of Dayanidhi Maran/(A) Raja/coal minister were approved by him, and he is equally culpable for all the losses computed by the CAG,” Baijal writes in his book, as reported by a leading daily.