JPC report on 2G may be delayed

With key UPA partner DMK insisting on calling former telecom minister A Raja as a witness, the drafting of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) report on the 2G scam could be delayed.

“If Raja is to be called, he will be the last witness”, P C Chacko, the chairman of the panel told reporters after the meeting, adding that it was yet to decide when to call him.

DMK on Tuesday insisted on calling Raja and Swan Telecom’s Shahid Balwa. The party also demanded calling Attorney General G E Vahanvati again, following his deposition in which he blamed Raja on a variety of issues.

Sources said Chacko told members that as an accused has legal protection, he cannot make fresh revelations before any committee. Therefore, there was no point in calling Balwa and Raja. They said Chacko will soon take a final call on the issue. If the committee decided to call Raja, then the drafting of the report would be delayed further, sources said.

Last week Chacko had said that after hearing CBI and the Department of Telecom on Tuesday’s meeting, the panel would start writing the draft report so that it could be tabled in Parliament by March 31 during the recess of the Budget Session.

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