September 27th, 2011
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JPC expresses indignation

P C Chacko- JPC chairmanNew Delhi: Members of the Joint Parliamentary Committee considered the non submission of the Finance Ministry note on the 2G spectrum issue before the committee as a “serious lapse” and has decided to summon the Finance Secretary R.S. Gujral before it to give clarifications.

Sitaram Yechury is understood to have dubbed the non-submission of the note by the Finance Ministry as a “serious act” if it was a lapse on their part.

As the JPC on telecom policies met this morning, several members questioned the non-submission of the Finance Ministry note which suggested that Mr. Chidambaram when he was the Finance Minister in 2008 could have prevented the 2G scam if he had insisted on auction of the spectrum.

Sitaram Yechury (Communist Party of India (Marxist)) is understood to have dubbed the non-submission of the note by the Finance Ministry as a “serious act” if it was a lapse on their part. He further termed it as a “breach of privilege” if the note was withheld deliberately by the Finance Ministry when it was asked by the JPC to submit to it all the documents related to the 2G spectrum allocation.

S.S. Ahluwalia of the Bharatiya Janata Party demanded that the meeting be adjourned till the Finance Secretary appeared before the Committee to explain the position. Gurudas Dasgupta also expressed similar sentiments.

After a three-hour debate on the matter, the JPC called Nripendra Mishra, who was Telecom Secretary between February 2004 and March 2005, for recording of evidence but soon adjourned for the day. JPC chairman P.C. Chacko is understood to have expressed displeasure of the Committee on the Finance Ministry’s actions and decided to call the Finance Secretary on October 13.



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