Vodafone came forward and settled the matter in a mutually satisfactory way through conciliation then that settlement can be reflected by amendment in Income Tax Act...I do not think the government had any option but to appoint an arbitrator.
"I do not know what the present government's position is. We will know only when the finance minister speaks in Parliament," he said.
There were reports that telecom giant Vodafone was allegedly approached by several countries, including India, to have access to phone calls and text messages on its network.
On e-Aadhar in the wake of Modi government scrapping the Cabinet Committee Unique Identification Authority (UIDAI), Chidambaram said that under the law today the Registrar General of India is in the process of preparing two registers- National Population Register and National Citizen Register.
"Only the home minister can answer it," he said when asked whether the government plans to rollback Aadhar.
To questions on Modi government's decision to wind up GoMs, he said that it will be "unfair" to say that all GoMs did not work.
He at the same time said that when the previous government demitted the office, the GoMs constituted during the period are automatically dissolved and are reconstituted.