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2G: Raja willing to depose before JPC

Posted on Feb 23, 04:11PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 23 : Former telecom minister A Raja has written to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) and expressed his desire to depose before the panel that is investigating the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

"I have come to know that in the deliberations of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Allocation and Pricing of Telecom Licences and Spectrum from 1998 to 2009 ('JPC'), some of the Hon'ble Members have expressed their desire that I should be called upon to depose before it," said Raja said in his letter.

"For the reasons set out in this letter, I respectfully submit that I am willing and indeed anxious to appear before the JPC, which may kindly be directed to summon me as soon as possible," he said.

He said the truth in the matter has been suppressed and he was 'condemned unheard'.

"The truth of the matter is being suppressed on the basis of preconceived notions, deliberate bias, faulty investigation and erroneous conclusions, aided by a media intent on sensationalism," Raja said.

The former telecom minister said: "Perhaps the most telling example of this situation is the judgement of the Hon'ble Supreme Court dated 02.02. 2012, where specific and prejudicial observations were made against me without giving me a hearing."

"While I have the fullest respect for the Hon'ble Court, the fact remains that I have been condemned unheard," Raja said.

In perhaps the biggest scam in Independent India, allegedly masterminded by Raja, spectrum was given away at throwaway prices in 2008 causing a potential revenue loss of up to Rs 1.76 lakh crore.

Raja, who had languished in New Delhi's Tihar jail for 15 months in connection to the scam, was released on bail last year. He was arrested in 2011.

A landmark judgement by the Supreme Court last year had quashed 122 licenses issued under the sale.