Journalist appears before PAC on 2G issue

A senior journalist with a national daily on Tuesday appeared before Parliament`s Public Accounts Committee examining alleged irregularities in the 2G spectrum allocation.

Last Updated: Mar 08, 2011, 21:42 PM IST

New Delhi: A senior journalist with a
national daily on Tuesday appeared before Parliament`s Public
Accounts Committee examining alleged irregularities in the
2G spectrum allocation.
The PAC, headed by Murli Manohar Joshi, recorded the
evidence of J Gopikrishnan, a Special Correspondent with `The
Pioneer`, and sought to know who was the whistleblower who
gave him documentary evidences based on which he filed
news reports on the alleged scam in 2G spectrum allocation.

However, Gopikrishnan, the first journalist to be asked
to appear before the panel on the 2G issue, refused to name
the whistleblower citing journalistic norms. Joshi then asked
members not to press the point further.

Gopikrishnan had filed a series of reports on the alleged
irregularities in the 2G spectrum allocations and had pursued
the matter vigorously.
He was questioned about the authenticity of the documents
on the basis of which he filed the newsreports.

Some members also asked the journalist whether he had met
the then Telecom Minister A Raja to which he replied in the
affirmative. Gopikrishnan told the committee that he had also
interviewed Raja, which was carried by his newspaper.

He also referred to how certain government officials had
advised Raja without clearance from the ministry they were
attached with. He is also understood to have named the
officials.

The members had a list of newsreports filed by the
correspondent and asked him how he arrived at the conclusions.

A couple of senior journalists and corporate lobbyist
Niira Radia are expected to appear before the committee in the
near future.

PTI