BJP members to attend JPC meeting

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 08, 2012 13:17 hrs

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members might end their boycott and attend the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) panel's meeting on the 2G spectrum scam on Thursday, reports said.

But the BJP members are likely to again demand of having Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram as witnesses in the case, reports said.

JPC Chairman P C Chacko, meanwhile, ruled out calling Singh for deposition.

The BJP earlier stayed away from the JPC panel´s meeting on the 2G scam in demand that Chidambaram must depose before it.

The BJP members, who are part of the JPC examining the 2G spectrum allocation scandal, walked out of a meeting of the panel on Sept 18 as their demand of finalising the list of witness in connection to the case was rejected.

Touted to be the biggest corruption scandal of independent India, the 2G scam, allegedly masterminded by former telecom minister A Raja, pertains to a biased distribution of mobile airwaves and operating licenses, in lieu of kickbacks, to telcos that could have cost the treasury up to Rs 1.76 lakh crore in lost revenue, according to the government´s auditors CAG.

The court on May 15 granted bail to Raja who was languishing in the Tihar jail for 15 months in the 2G case.

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