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2G scam: Raja trashes JPC report, calls it ‘half-baked’

In a protest letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, Raja has raised the issue of non-inclusion of his written statement in the final report submitted by the JPC, adding that the attitude of JPC chairperson PC Chacko was partisan.

Apparently peeved at non-inclusion of his written submission in the JPC report, former telecom minister and main accused in the scam Raja has termed it as ‘half-baked’ and urged Lok Sabha Speaker to return it to the Committee chairman.

Raja has urged Kumar to direct JPC chief P C Chacko to include his submission in the report claiming that its non-inclusion amounted to an ‘act of cowardice’ to prevent the truth from coming out. Raja, who has been alleging that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was in the loop over policy decisions, has accused Chacko of adopting a ‘partisan’ attitude.

The report submitted to the Lok Sabha Speaker on 29 October had given a clean chit to the PM and FM P Chidambaram, saying Raja had ‘misled’ Singh. However, several other parties, including the principal opposition BJP, as well as BJD, CPI, CPI-M, TMC, AIADMK and DMK had submitted their dissent notes. Raja said the JPC report ‘was more political than parliamentarian in character’. He said despite several requests by him and other JPC members, he was not allowed to appear as a witness, though he was ‘best placed’ to explain the policy and rationale of the government behind the issuance of Universal Access Service (UAS) licences and grant of spectrum.

After submitting the report, Chacko had told reporters that Raja’s opinion was not made part of the report since  there were no precedents or the parliamentary rules and procedures that allowed the Speaker to return the report and seek its re-submission.
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