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Salman Khurshid says Advani's demands would mean a parallel trial into 2G scam.

New Delhi, Nov. 2 (ANI): Hitting out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani for wanting to conduct a parallel trial into the 2G Spectrum scam, Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday said that the details of the proceedings of the court cannot be divulged as the case is subjudice.

Khurshid said that it was inappropriate to disclose the facts when the matter was subjudice, and added that the revelation of information would mean that a parallel trial into the 2G scam would take place outside the court.

He further said that unravelling of important facts would result in influencing the decision of the court.

"Mr. Advani wants a parallel trial, whatever is happening in court, he wants that to happen also outside. Just a basic thing that I would want Mr. Advani to know that there is a principle of subjudice. If you don't discuss what is happening in court, because if you discuss what is happening in court, there is a danger that you will influence what the court will do," Khurshid told mediapersons after an event here.

Khurshid reiterated the views of the Supreme Court, which said that the proceedings of the court should be reported very carefully in the media and added that the discussions in the PAC (Public Accounts Committee) are not be discussed outside.

"The discussions in PAC remains within PAC boundaries and is not outside it," he added.

Earlier today, Advani had criticised Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on the 2G note issue and demanded answers on the PMO's role in the scam.

"The country has to know how much the PMO's responsibility was and how is the Finance Minister responsible," he told mediapersons in Panaji.

The telecom scam, one of India's biggest graft cases ever, may have cost 39.57 billion dollars in revenue to the public exchequer as per the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).

Former Telecom Minister A. Raja was sacked in November last year and later arrested after being charged with giving away telecom licences in 2008 for a pittance, at meagre prices of 2001 in the CAG report. (ANI)

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