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    Corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Friday said Union Home Minister P Chidambaram would have been in jail in the 2G scam had there been a Jan Lokpal Bill.

    "He would have been behind the bars if there were a Jan Lokpal Bill," said Anna from his native Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra amid an Opposition clamour for resignation of Chidambaram in the 2G scam.

    While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday alleged that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was stonewalling the probe against Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on the 2G scam despite evidence, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he fully backed Chidambaram on the 2G issue.

    The latest controversy was over the publication of a controversial note of the finance ministry that said that Chidambaram could have prevented the scam if he had acted as the then finance minister in 2008 to stop former telecom minister A Raja from issuing 2G licences at throwaway prices.

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said there was no discord in the union cabinet over the 2G controversy after Chidambaram's name was dragged into the turmoil following the publication of the adverse note okayed by Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
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