New Delhi: The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probing into the 2G spectrum case is now focusing on investigating the decisions taken by the Prime Minister Office (PMO) during Atal Bilari Vajpayee regime.

In order to examine the decisions taken by the then PMO, the Committee has sought all important documents, files and Cabinet notes passed during the NDA rule.

In order to investigate the matter between 1998 and 2001, the Committee has even asked for the letters that were written to the then PM by the MPs, along with the details of the actions taken in response to such letters.

The Committee is probing the developments as several policy decisions regarding the Telecom sector taken during this phase, which also resulted into some major controversies.

It was during these three years of the NDA rule that the government opted for the revenue sharing model to bail out the telecom companies from the crisis they were facing due to their high bidding for spectrum licence.

The decision of extending the licence period from 10 to 15 years was also taken during this period.

According to the sources, the JPC wants to examine the role of the PMO in the decisions taken during that period.

The Committee would soon receive the letter, dated June 9, 2008, in which few MPs had urged Vajpayee to give concession to Telecom companies.

In the backdrop of this letter, the committee has asked for the details of the letter written to the PM by the MPs.

However, the direction of the investigation, which could lead to further controversies, hints that the JPC is specifically examining the three decisions taken by the Vajpayee government.

Firstly, the decision of implementing the revenue sharing model instead of charging license (Migration Package) is under scanner. The ICCI report, which was the basis of this decision, and the BICP report will also be brought in front of the committee.

The committee has also sought details of the recommendations of the Attorney General; advice of the legal advisor; files of the Telecommunication Department; the amount due by the companies before getting migration and also the related Cabinet notes for examination.

Secondly, the decision of extending the period of licences of the cellular companies from 10 to 15 years will also be probed. The committee has in this regard sought the documents and the Cabinet note.

Thirdly, the committee also wants to analyse the working of the TRAI during that period. The differences between the Telecommunication Department and the then TRAI chairman Justice Sodhi was in news for quite some time.

Therefore, the committee has also asked for the Sodhi’s letter written to the Telecommunication Department.

Apart from these details, the Committee has also demanded copies of Court’s decisions on the controversial cases of the period and the details of the written conversation between the then Principal Secretary to Vajpayee, NK Singh and ICICI Bank Chairman KV Kamath.

JPN/Anshuman Tiwari