PAC members want to summon Raja, Joshi says no

Though the 2G scam may be revolving around A Raja, Parliament`s Public Accounts Committee chief M M Joshi has rejected demands from some members for calling the former Telecom Minister who is in jail.

Last Updated: Apr 26, 2011, 21:29 PM IST

New Delhi: Though the 2G scam may be
revolving around A Raja, Parliament`s Public Accounts
Committee chief M M Joshi has rejected demands from some
members for calling the former Telecom Minister who is in
jail.

Joshi has argued that calling Raja would involve long
processes as he in judicial custody and that there are enough
records and witness statements to "draw conclusions".

The demands for calling Raja before the Committee as a
witness were raised by members during the April 21 meeting to
enable them to question about the entire affair, sources said.
Some members had insisted that Raja should be called
before the Committee as he is the "hero" behind the "drama" of
the 2G spectrum allocation scam, the sources said.

Responding to this, Joshi has said in a letter to the
Committee members that the issue of calling Raja was raised at
the "fag end" of the panel`s term which expires on Saturday.

Joshi said since Raja was in judicial custody, it would
take time to call him before the PAC because of processes
involved, the sources said.
He insisted that the Committee can "draw conclusions"
about the scam without talking to Raja by perusal of records
and statements of witnesses.

The demand for calling Raja was among the five issues
raised by members, which included whether the PAC should
abandon examination of the 2G issue when the JPC has already
been formed, relevance of probing the 2G issue when the matter
is sub-judice, extending the term of the present PAC and
increasing the ambit of PAC probe into 2G scam from 2007-08 to
2003-10.

PTI

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