New Delhi: In the wake of the 2G scam probe, the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on Tuesday decided to summon all former Telecom Ministers since 1998, including A Raja.

JPC has also finalised a list of 85 witnesses who would be asked to be present for recording of evidence in connection with the telecom policies.

According to sources, all former Telecom Ministers, Telecom Secretaries and bureaucrats since 1998 will also be called for recording of the evidence.

Evidently, CBI Director AP Singh and two senior CBI officials appeared before the JPC on Tuesday and briefed the JPC on the investigation into the 2G scam.

The team also briefed the JPC about the progress and findings into the alleged irregularities of the 2G spectrum allocation in January 2008.

JPC Chairman PC Chacko said that TRAI Chairman JS Sarma, Attorney General Goolam Vahanvati, CBI Director AP Singh will be among those who would be asked to appear as witnesses before the JPC.

All the former chairmen of TRAI, former Secretaries of the Department of Telecom, former Finance Secretary, BSNL Chairman between 1997-98, representatives of 11 firms which benefited in 2008 and 22 private companies which got advantage due to 1999 telecom migration policy will be asked to appear.

Chacko also mentioned that CBI evidences prove that an estimated Rs 30,000 crore has been calculated as losses while CAG has given a rough estimate of Rs 1.76 lakh crore as loss in 2G scam.

“Those summoned for the JPC probe mainly include TRAI Chairman, Economic Affairs and Revenue department officials”, he added.

Asked whether Raja, who is in prison in connection with the 2G allocations, would be called, he said the Committee can issue summons to those in jail be produced before it.

"They will be produced before the Committee by the authorities," was all Chacko said to persistent questions on whether Raja or Shahid Balwa of the DB Realty-Swan Telecom would be asked to appear as witnesses before the JPC.

JPN/Bureau