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2G scam: Nothing to hide, PM tells Yashwant Sinha

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday rejected BJP leader Yashwant Sinha’s allegations against him and said he has ‘nothing to hide’. Singh said it is up to the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to decide who has to be called for 2G scam deposition.

In his reply to Sinha’s letter, Singh said all required documents have been submitted to the JPC. ‘I have received your letter of 1 April, 2013 regarding the Joint Parliamentary Committee looking into the 2G matter. You are aware that all pertinent records and documents available with the government have already been placed at the disposal of the JPC. I have said from the beginning that neither the government nor I have anything to hide in this matter. The decision as to what evidence should be sought and which individuals should be asked to appear before the JPC is a matter that needs to be decided internally by the JPC and its Chairman,’ said the prime minister. In his letter on Monday, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader asked the prime minister to appear before the JPC that is looking into the 2G spectrum allocation. He also urged the prime minister to ensure that former telecom minister A Raja appears before the panel. In his letter, Sinha said any hesitation on the prime minister’s part to appear before the JPC will prove that he has ‘something to hide’. Sinha pointed out that when Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee was examining the CAG report on the 2G scam, the PM had publicly offered to appear before it to enable the committee to reach the ‘right conclusions’.

‘You have not made a similar offer to the JPC despite the fact that many members of the JPC have publicly demanded that you appear before the JPC,’ Sinha had said. He claimed that in his communications to the JPC, Raja has levelled ‘serious allegations’ against the Prime Minister and Finance Minister P Chidambaram.
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