2G: JPC not likely to call Raja to depose

JPC chairman P C Chacko Wednesday said he had sent Raja a questionnaire and the former minister told him he would respond after discussing it with the leadership of his DMK.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:March 15, 2013 12:41 am

NOTWITHSTANDING his frantic efforts,former telecom minister A Raja is unlikely to be called to depose before the Joint Parliamentary Committee probing pricing and allocation of 2G spectrum.

JPC chairman P C Chacko Wednesday said he had sent Raja a questionnaire and the former minister told him he would respond after discussing it with the leadership of his DMK. “That is not rejection,” Chacko said. “It’s only that he feels it would have been better had he been allowed to personally appear before the JPC. His letter only expresses the wish.”

Raja’s March 13 letter to Chacko had questioned why the JPC was “reluctant to hear my deposition on the entire gamut of issues that it is supposed to be looking into”. “After all,the purpose of the JPC is to arrive at the truth of the matter and my unique position to explain the policy and rationale of the government” behind issuing of UAS licences and grant of spectrum “as well as the sequence of events and the role of various individuals and institutions cannot be overstated”,Raja had pointed out.

Asked why the JPC was disinclined to grant Raja’s request for deposition,Chacko said if he was called to appear before the panel,a number of former telecom ministers,“in all fairness”,would have to be called. He,however,hastened to add that the JPC would provide Raja documents for whichever points he wished to make.

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