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Top govt officials to appear before PAC in 2G case

Parliament`s PAC has asked Cabinet Secretary KM Chandrasekhar, Principal Secretary in PMO TKA Nair, A-G Goolam Vahanvati, CBI Director AP Singh and Law Secretary DR Meena to depose before it on April 15-16 in the 2G spectrum case.

New Delhi: Parliament`s Public Accounts
Committee has asked Cabinet Secretary KM Chandrasekhar,
Principal Secretary in PMO TKA Nair, Attorney General Goolam
Vahanvati, CBI Director A P Singh and Law Secretary D R Meena
to depose before it on April 15-16 in the 2G spectrum case.

Vahanvati, Singh and Meena have been asked to present
themselves before the PAC on April 15 while Chandrasekhar and
Nair will appear the next day, according to sources.
The April 15-16 sessions will be the last hearings by the
outgoing PAC.

The PAC, headed by senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi,
is already in the process of filing its report on the 2G
spectrum case and is likely to complete it before its term
ends on April 30.

The new PAC, in which Joshi will continue to be the
chairperson, will take charge on May 1 and is set to carry on
the probe into the anomalies in 2G spectrum allocation.

Chandrasekhar and Nair have been asked to appear as the
PAC is likely to scrutinise the role of the Prime Minister`s
Office (PMO) in the controversial allocation of 2G spectrum in

The two senior bureaucrats are likely to be asked
questions on the communications between the Finance Ministry,
the Department of Telecom and the PMO on the allocation of 2G
"After listening to the views of the then Finance
Secretary (and now RBI Governor Duvvuri Subbarao), it is
necessary to get the views of the Cabinet Secretary and the
Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister," a source said.

Subbarao, who was the Finance Secretary when the 2G
spectrum allocations were made in January 2008, had appeared
before the PAC on February 3.

In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, the
government had said that on the issue of 2G allocation the
Finance Secretary had raised certain queries on November 27,
2007 regarding the entry fee. A reply to this was given by the
Telecom Secretary on November 29, 2007.

Sources said the two top officials could also be asked
questions based on the Prime Minister`s recent statement that
the Finance Ministry and Telecom Ministry had concurred on the
issue, after which he did not press the matter further.

Vahanvati is likely to be asked about the legal opinions
he may have given to the Telecom Ministry when he was
Solicitor General in UPA-I. He has been made a witness by CBI
in its chargesheet filed before the special court in the scam.

The CBI director has been asked to appear before the PAC
for the second time. He also had a one-to-one meeting with
Joshi sometime back.

The CBI is investigating the 2G spectrum case and has
already filed a chargesheet.


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