2G JPC meet set to be stormy

Last Updated: Thu, Apr 25, 2013 06:30 hrs

New Delhi, Apr 25 (IBNS) A stormy Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) meeting on the 2G spectrum scam is awaited on Thursday when it meets here with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Opposition members on the panel all set to target the JPC chairperson PC Chacko, for clearing the Prime Minister and Finance Minister P Chidambaram on the matter.

While the JPC is meeting to adopt a draft report on the 2G scam, reports said the Opposition members could force a vote on the same and would not accept it in the present form since they are demanding the deposition of the Prime Minister before the JPC after DMK leader and former telecom minister A Raja held that the PM and P Chidambaram were aware of the policies followed by him in 2008.

While Congress has 11 members in the 30-member JPC, its alliance partners contribute more numbers.

Among the opposition members are six from the BJP members besides two from the Left. The JD(U) and the BJD, which are part of NDA alliance, are also on the opposition side with members in the JPC.

Opposition leaders said they would reject the draft report.

Earlier, senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Wednesday shot a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and urged him to respond to charges levelled against him by former Telecom Minister A Raja in connection with the 2G scam.

Sinha urged Singh to depose before the JPC looking into the 2G scam.

Sinha told media: "I have written a letter to PM yesterday in which I mentioned that Raja has levelled serious charges against him."

The BJP leader said he has asked Singh to respond to Raja´s charges as his ´silence´ will only show that ´he is as guilty as Raja´.

Sinha had earlier shot two letters to Singh and urged him to depose before the JPC.

The PM had rejected his demand and said he had nothing to hide in the matter.

Meanwhile, Raja has filed a detailed defence, claiming innocence, to the JPC, reports said on Monday.

Raja filed the document after being purportedly accused of masterminding one of India´s biggest scams and "misleading the Prime Minister" in the leaked draft report of the JPC.

In a 112-page defence, Raja has reiterated that Singh and Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram were aware of the policies that he followed in 2008.

In one of the biggest scams of Independent India, allegedly masterminded by Raja, 2G spectrum was given away at throwaway prices in 2008 causing a potential revenue loss of up to Rs 1.76 lakh crore.

Raja, who had languished in New Delhi´s Tihar jail for 15 months in connection to the scam, was released on bail last year. He was arrested in 2011.

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