2G scam: JPC may miss submission deadline



New Delhi: The Joint Parliamentary Committee looking into 2G scam may miss its deadline of submitting the report to Parliament in Monsoon Session beginning Monday.

JPC chief P C Chacko today said he was "not confident" that the committee will be able to finish the report by the end of Monsoon session scheduled between August one and September 8.

"So maybe it will take two three months more. If not in this session, then at least before the end of the next session," Chacko told reporters here.

He said the committee would sit "day and night" if required to complete the job at hands. "We may meet daily between 3.30 pm and 5.30 pm during the Monsoon session...we may meet daily even after the session...there is no question of prolonging," he said.

He said the committee wants to question "all concerned" to "extract" information before arriving at a conclusion.

He said after former Telecom Secretaries and former chairmen of TRAI, the then Attorney General Soli Sorabjee wold be summoned. It would be followed by former Telecom ministers, including Arun Shourie, Dayanidhi Maran and A Raja.

The JPC is examining India's telecom pricing policy 1998-2008 that also covers the period of the NDA government led by the BJP that was in power 1998-2004.

The panel was formed following persistent demands by the opposition after allegations surfaced of irregularities in the allocation of 2G licence.

PTI