Summon PC as witness: Yashwant Sinha to JPC chief

New Delhi: With A Raja dragging Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and P Chidambaram in the 2G case, BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has asked JPC chairman PC Chacko to summon the Home Minister as a witness before the committee.

Several other members of the Joint Parliamentary Committee have written to Chacko with requests to make various former Finance Ministers as witness before the panel looking into the 2G scam.

Besides former Finance Ministers, at least four members have suggested that RBI Governor and former Finance Secretary D Subbarao be made a witness.

Sinha wrote to Chacko yesterday requesting him to include the name of Chidambaram as a witness.

"I am collecting all the letters and the Committee will take a decision by consensus on whom to be called...the politicians which include former Telecom Ministers and former Finance Ministers will appear before the Committee at the end," Chacko told reporters after the JPC meeting.

Arguing that sale of equity was not sale of licence, Raja's counsel had told a court earlier this week that the DMK MP cannot be accused of corruption in the controversial 2G spectrum allocation.

"The matter (about sale of equity by spectrum licensees) was discussed between the Prime Minister and the then Finance Minister (P Chidambaram). The then Finance Minister who is now Home Minister had said in front of the Prime Minister that dilution of shares does not amount to sale of 2G licence as per the corporate law," his counsel had said.