2G probe: JPC asks Raja to depose in writing

In a bid to dissuade former Telecom minister A Raja, accused in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, from insisting on appearing before the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probing the case, panel chairman P C Chacko has asked him to weigh the option of submitting his deposition in writing, with his DMK party seniors.

Chacko assured Raja of providing all information, including the deposition by Attorney General G E Vahanvati, if he was agreeable to submitting his deposition in writing.
“We can’t ask him to appear before the committee in person. If we do so, we will have to summon all the former telecom ministers under the terms of reference of the committee,” a JPC member said.

Chacko met Raja and suggested that he consider submitting his deposition in writing. “Chacko also suggested that he discuss the option with his party leaders and inform,” the member added.

Raja, however, was adamant. He rejected the JPC chairman’s offer on Wednesday and wanted to appear in person to tender evidence.

In a two-page letter to Chacko, Raja wondered why the JPC was “reluctant” to hear him depose on the entire gamut of issues that it was “supposed to be looking into”.

“..my unique position to explain the policy and rationale of the government...cannot be overstated,” he said.

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