New Delhi: Blamed for a number of issues in the multi-crore 2G spectrum scam, former Telecom Minister A Raja on Saturday expressed desire to appear before the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) as a witness to tell his side of story.

Raja's request to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar comes days after Attorney General G E Vahanvati blamed him for various issues before the JPC. He has also been blamed for the 2G scam by other witnesses before the special CBI court.

On Friday, Raja met Kumar at her office and handed over a letter expressing his willingness to appear before 2G JPC as a witness. Notably, DMK members in JPC TR Baalu and T Siva had been pressing Chairman PC Chacko to call Raja as a witness. They had also demanded that Vahanvati be again called before the panel.

Earlier on Feb 5, Vahanvati appeared before the parliamentary panel and said that the controversial press note regarding 2G licences was altered at the last minute by Raja in 2008 with a different pen. Vahanvati was then the Solicitor General.

Chacko is yet to take a final call on Baalu and T Siva’s demand. "If Raja is to be called, he will be the last witness. If DMK agrees on not calling him, then we have concluded calling witnesses before JPC and we would focus on writing the report," Chacko had recently said.

Parliament sources said the Speaker cannot direct any committee to call a person as a witness. In this case, Kumar can forward Raja's letter to Chacko who is currently in Bangalore.


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