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2G scam: CBI chief to appear before PAC

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director AP Singh will appear before the Parliament`s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday to give evidence in connection with the allocation of 2G spectrum.



New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director AP Singh will appear before the Parliament`s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday to give evidence in connection with the allocation of 2G spectrum.

The PAC, headed by BJP veteran MM Joshi, has so far gathered evidence from former telecom secretaries SS Behura and DS Mathur, former TRAI chairman Pradip Baijal, former member (Finance) of Telecom Commission Manju Madhvan and RBI Governor D Subbarao, who was finance secretary when the 2G allocations were made in January 2008.

A CBI court on Monday extended the custody of A Raja for three more days and Balwa for four more days.

Both Raja and Balwa were arrested for their alleged involvement in the 2G Spectrum allotment scam.

The two were made to face each other and answer questions relating to the grant of licence and undue favours extended to the company during 2008.

Earlier, the Supreme Court asked the government to constitute a special court to deal exclusively with the 2G spectrum scam.

The CBI told the apex court that it would file the first chargesheet in the 2G scam against A Raja and others under Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) for cheating and forgery by March 31.

The apex court said it favours a CBI investigation that also covers culpability of beneficiaries of the scam, as they are part of a larger conspiracy.

Raja was forced to resign from the Union Cabinet last year after the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) faulted him for undervaluing spectrum to favour companies who were largely ineligible for 2G spectrum, and added that the government had probably lost Rs 1.76 lakh crore in estimated revenue.

ANI

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