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"No problem if Raja appears before JPC"

Posted on Feb 25, 06:31PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 25 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Balbir Punj on Monday said in case former telecom minister A Raja wants to present 'new facts' before the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) investigating the 2G spectrum allocation scam then nobody should have 'any problem' with it.

Speaking to media, Punj said: "If he has new facts or new evidences that he wants to put before the nation then I think nobody should have problem with it."

Punj made the comments days after Raja wrote to to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and the JPC and expressed his desire to depose before the panel.

"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.

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.