Will consider Raja`s request on 2G debate when it comes: Meira

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Tuesday said she will consider any request from arrested former telecom minister A Raja to participate in the debate on 2G spectrum allocation scam once it comes on her table.

Last Updated: Feb 22, 2011, 12:09 PM IST

New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar
on Tuesday said she will consider any request from arrested former
telecom minister A Raja to participate in the debate on 2G
spectrum allocation scam once it comes on her table.

"Let his request come, then I will consider," Kumar told
reporters outside Parliament House. She was responding to
questions on Raja`s reported request to his party DMK to allow
him to take part in the debate on the issue of 2G spectrum
allocation made during his tenure.
47-year-old Raja was arrested by the CBI on February two
on charges of criminal conspiracy and under the Prevention of
Corruption Act in connection with the 2G scam.

He is now lodged in Tihar Jail under judicial remand
following completion of his 14-day CBI custody.

Raja is alleged to have manipulated rules to favour some
telecom companies in allocation of spectrum at throwaway
prices.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has announced that the
government will constitute a JPC to probe the allocation of
2-G spectrum.

A motion for JPC formation will be moved by Telecom
Minister Kapil Sibal on February 24. Four hours have been set
aside for a debate on JPC formation after the motion is moved.

PTI