JPC report on 2G spectrum scam tabled in Lok Sabha, Bharatiya Janata Party slams Speaker

Dec 10 2013, 15:32 IST
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The controversial report of the JPC, which gave a clean chit to PM Manmohan Singh in the 2G scam saying he was The controversial report of the JPC, which gave a clean chit to PM Manmohan Singh in the 2G scam saying he was "misled" by the then Telecom Minister A Raja, was tabled in Lok Sabha amid pandemonium.
SummaryControversial report of the JPC gave a clean chit to PM Manmohan Singh in 2G spectrum scam...

BJD, TMC, CPI, CPI(M), AIADMK and DMK had voted against the JPC report. BJP's Gopinath Munde had not attended the meeting.

In its dissent note, Bharatiya Janata Party insisted that the Prime Minister and then Finance Minister P Chidambaram should have been asked to depose before the JPC.

They regretted that even though the main accused, A Raja, had made several offers to depose before the panel, he was not allowed to do so.

The report, which was adopted by majority vote on September 27 in the absence of two JD(U) members, also accused Raja of forging the press note of January 7, 2008, after it was seen by the then Solicitor General G E Vahanvati.

Besides Congress, its UPA ally NCP and outside supporters of the ruling alliance SP and BSP had supported the report.

The report said the JPC wish to point out that the procedure regarding the First-Come-First-Served (FCFS) criteria was a "misrepresentation of facts and in tactic deviation from the existing procedure".

While giving sequence of events leading to allocation of 2G spectrum, it says, "The Committee are inclined to conclude that the Prime Minister was misled about the procedure decided to be followed by the Department of Telecommunications in respect of issuance of Unified Access Services (UAS) licences.

"Further, the assurance given by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology (Raja) in all his correspondence with the Prime Minister to maintain full transparency in following established rules and procedures of the Department stood belied."

It has also questioned NDA's decision to grant concessions to telecom companies on licence fee despite protests by then Telecom Minister Jagmohan and says the then government had to "forego" over Rs 42,000 crore in offering Migration Package to cellular operators.

On the issue of extending concessions to telecom operators such as moratorium on payment of licence fee, the panel said the government went ahead despite opposition by Jagmohan who was supported by then Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha.

The report also said that by offering Migration Package, the government had to forego revenue to the tune of Rs 42,080.34 crore.

"A perusal of the note initiated by the then Minister of Communications (Jagmohan) revealed that he was in complete disagreement with the representations made by the operators, who demanded a moratorium on payment of licence fee for two years and extension of period of licence from 10 to 15 years," the report said.

The report, which generated much heat after it was circulated

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