New Delhi: NRI businessman Anshuman Mishra,
who withdrew from the Rajya Sabha race from Jharkhand at the
last moment, on Friday claimed to have introduced PAC Chairman
Murli Manohar Joshi to senior executives of 2G scam accused
companies when the panel was probing the 2G spectrum case, a
charge rubbished by the BJP veteran.
Mishra, who was supported by a section of the BJP as a
Rajya Sabha nominee, dropped out following a directive from
the BJP central leadership to its MLAs not to vote for him.
In an interview to a news channel, Mishra claimed that he was
BJP`s fund-raiser for over a decade. He also said that Joshi
called him seeking funds for elections. Mishra claimed to have
played a role in Joshi`s poll campaign in 2004 and 2009.
Joshi said Mishra`s allegations were "fabricated" and
whatever he was saying with regard to him is absolutely wrong
and a "concoction".
Reacting to the development, Congress leader Sanjay
Nirupam, who is also a member of the PAC, said that Joshi
will have to explain the allegations "threadbare" as it is not
an attack on an individual but on the chairperson of an
important Parliamentary committee which went into the 2G case.
The NRI businessman alleged that Joshi had held secret
meetings with 2G beneficiaries in his presence as Public
Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman.
"...Joshi met with 2G accused companies in my presence.
If he would openly deny it I`m ready for any probe.....I
don`t know whether it was quid pro quo or just to get briefed
about the 2G scam. But he met few very senior functionaries
of these companies...," he said.
The controversial PAC report on 2G could not be adopted
by the committee last year following protests by Congress
Mishra said he was ready to cooperate with investigation
agencies to prove his charges.
"I am ready to face any Parliamentary probe committee. I
think Parliament should intervene and investigate Dr Joshi`s
phone records," he said.
Mishra later clarified that while Murli Manohar Joshi
did meet the 2G scam accused company executives, the telecom
scam was never discussed in the meeting.
Referring to senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha`s
allegation that Mishra has doubtful credentials and faced
criminal charges in the United States, the NRI businessman
said Sinha should produce hard evidence, failing which he
would be facing a defamation suit.