JPC should discuss my letters to PM on 2G: Yechury
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 01, 2011, 19:38
New Delhi: As parties demanded Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran's resignation following charges of pay-offs in 2-G spectrum allocation, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday asked the JPC to circulate to its members his letters written to the Prime Minister on the issue since 2008.

"As these matters were brought to the attention of the Prime Minister from as early as February, 2008, it would help our investigation to ascertain what was the response or any follow up action," he said in a letter to Joint Parliamentary Committee Chairman P C Chacko.

"With increasing media reports emerging on the alleged involvement of other previous ministers for telecommunications like Dayanidhi Maran, the circulation of this material to the JPC (members) would, in my opinion, be helpful in our investigations," Yechury, himself a JPC member, said.

Reports said that Maran's family-owned Sun TV Network was a beneficiary of pay-offs by an overseas telecom firm.

Yechury said the Comptroller and Auditor General, in a presentation to JPC, had concluded that "the entire process of allocation of 2G Spectrum in January, 2008 lacked transparency and objectivity."

He said his first letter to the Prime Minister in February 2008 had also pointed towards this. The Left parties were then supporting the UPA-I government from outside.

"Yet I was constrained to write this letter because of the serious matters involved. This letter was written a few weeks after the Department of Telecom issued 121 licences on 10th January, 2008", the CPI(M) leader said.


First Published: Wednesday, June 01, 2011, 19:38

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