New Delhi: Nearly a month after storming out of the meeting of Joint Parliamentary Committee on 2G scam, BJP members are set to attend its deliberations on Tuesday where RBI Governor D Subbarao will appear as a witness in his role as former Finance Secretary.

BJP members said they would again press for finalizing the list of witness and calling Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister P Chidambaram and former Telecom Ministers A Raja and Dayanidhi Maran before JPC.

Accusing Congress members of using "foul language", five of the six members had walked out of JPC proceedings on August 22. A war of words had broken out between BJP and Congress members over calling of the Prime Minister and Chidambaram as witnesses.

Since then, JPC has not met though its chief PC Chacko had decided to start calling "essential witnesses" even if BJP kept away from the proceedings.

The appearance of Subbarao, who was Finance Secretary between April, 2007 and September, 2008, is significant as he had questioned the Department of Telecom on the issue of entry fee.

In his November 22, 2007 letter, Subbarao had asked the DoT to justify how it was taking entry fee of only Rs 1,650 crore from operators in 2007 as the amount was fixed in 2001.

Replying to Subbarao, the DoT had in its November 29, 2007 letter said the entry fee was finalised for the Unified Access Regime in 2003 based on the decision of the Union Cabinet.

When Subbarao had appeared before the Public Accounts Committee, which was then examining the CAG report on 2G spectrum in February, 2011, he had said there was no further communication between the Finance Ministry and the DoT on the issue.

Subbarao could also be asked questions on a July 4, 2008 note on spectrum pricing in which he had said that "it is legally and administratively tenable to impose a two-part tariff for spectrum: a fixed, one-time "upfront" spectrum price for allowing allottees to use a public resource for private profit and a recurring spectrum usage charge whereby the government shares the profits accruing to the operator.


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