CPM posers to PM to check veracity of Raja claim

Senior CPM leader Sitaram Yechury Friday circulated a note among fellow-members of JPC member that the panel can’t come to a conclusion

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 27, 2013 3:25:36 am

Senior CPM leader Sitaram Yechury Friday circulated a note among fellow-members of JPC member that the panel can’t come to a conclusion that the Prime Minister was misled by former telecom minister A Raja without the PM answering to the JPC either “orally or in writing” to the claims.

Raja,in his submission to JPC chairman P C Chacko,had claimed he had taken every major decision on 2G allocation after consultation with the PM,the Finance Minister and the then Foreign Minister.

The BJP has demanded that PM appear before the panel. Yechury did not insist on this but listed queries that he said the PM and Finance Minister should answer to the JPC.

“Is it true that Raja met him personally in January 2008 to brief the PM about the procedure he was going to follow? If this meeting did take place,did the PM agree with Raja on the proposed course of action as Raja claims?” he asked.

“What specific count can we hold that Raja misled PM. Is it about not auctioning/indexing licence fees of 2001 for 2008? Is it about change in first-come-first-served policy… by which date of fulfilling LoI first was to be used for grant of licences and not date of application. Is it about securing consent of the Solicitor General to the procedure that was to be followed?”

Yechury said even if the draft report’s conclusion that Raja misled the PM was true,questions arise why the government did not cancel the letters of intent issued by the Telecom Ministry.

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