Vajpayee not to be called by JPC
New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will not be called as a witness before the Joint Parliamentary Committee looking into the 2G spectrum allocation scam, although his name was suggested by some members.
There have also been suggestions by some members to call former Defence Minister George Fernandes.
"We will not summon Vajpayee and Fernandes due to their ill health," JPC Chairman PC Chacko told PTI here.
The names of Vajpayee and Fernandes had found place in the list of those suggested to be called before the panel.
The suggestion for calling Vajpayee was made as he had held the Telecom portfolio for a few monthys after the resignation of Jagmohan in the NDA regime.
Chacko had earlier also expressed regret that the name of Vajpayee made it to the list of proposed witnesses.
During the last meeting, BJP's Yashwant Sinha had reacted angrily to the inclusion of Vajpayee's name in the list.
Sources said there was general feeling in the committee that ministers, both former and present, were not required to be called before it as sufficient material was available with the panel to prepare report as per the terms and reference of the JPC.
The terms of reference of the JPC formed last year were to examine the telecom policies followed from 1998 to 2009 and whether there had been any aberrations.