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...

to the 30 members of the JPC in April, suggests there is nothing against Finance Minister P Chidambaram with regard to decisions taken by the Telecom Ministry on 2G allocation.

On the controversial press release issued just before the licences were allocated, the JPC report quotes the CBI to say that the January 7, 2008 press note was "forged by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology" (Raja) with later inclusion of words "press release appd (approved) as amended".

On the government auditor's loss figure of Rs 1.76 lakh crore, it said, "The Committee are of the considered view that the very move for calculation of any loss on account of allocation of licences and spectrum is ill-conceived.

"It is imperative that the calculation of loss to the exchequer on account of allocation of licences and spectrum has to be viewed in the context of the overall policies laid down for the telecom sector from time to time...," it said.

The JPC, set up in March 2011, noted that though there were a number of recommendations on spectrum pricing made by TRAI or committees set up by government as well as views expressed by the Finance Ministry and the PMO, "there was no policy decision taken by the government in favour of auctioning of 2G spectrum."

It said, "Most of the time, TRAI, the Department of Telecommunications, the Ministry of Finance and the Planning Commission favoured maintaining of reasonable spectrum price so as to make available telecom services at affordable price and ensure level playing field among service providers using various technologies."

JPC report: Bharatiya Janata Party, CPI take on govt, criticise Speaker's actions

Bharatiya Janata Party and CPI today came together to take on the government over JPC report on 2G scam, alleging that the "fraud" and "fabricated" document was tabled in Lok Sabha in violation of rules which has set a "bad precedent".

"This is a perverse report and fraud report and cannot be considered to be JPC report," CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said outside Parliament along with Bharatiya Janata Party leader Yashwant Sinha.

Both parties were also highly critical of Speaker Meira Kumar's ruling disallowing any debate on the issue at the presentation stage during Zero Hour.

The report, which gave a clean chit to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the 2G spectrum scam saying he was "misled" by the then Telecom Minister A Raja, was tabled in the Lok Sabha by JPC Chairman P C

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