New Delhi: As the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) formed to probe 2G scam got down to business on Wednesday, it summoned the former telecom ministers during the NDA regime to appear before it.

The JPC also sought details on the revenue loss incurred because of the telecom policies of the NDA ministers between 1998 and 2000.

Meanwhile, Telecommunications secretary R Chandrasekhar appeared before JPC on Wednesday.
The JPC panel has also decided to summon the then Attorney General Soli Sorabjee for inquiry as he was the adviser of the NDA government over telecommunication policy.

JPC Chairman PC Chacko indicated that there is a probability that the committee can also summon senior NDA leaders like Jaswant Singh and Yashwant Sinha.

JPC Chairman PC Chako said that the JPC has been constituted to calculate the loss from 2G spectrum allocation from 1998 onwards.

Chacko elaborated that under the New Telecom Policy 1999 companies were allowed to adopt permanent license fee system (fixed Regime) in place of revenue sharing payment method (Revenue Sharing regime). This meant that the companies had to pay a part of their annual revenues as licensing fees to the government.

“The CAG report it was clearly stated that due to the amendments made in the revenue process, companies had to incur terrible financial loses.  However, the CAG was unable to estimate the actual loss incurred. Hence, the telecom secretary has been asked to give the real estimates of the losses incurred within two weeks to JPC,” he said.

On being asked that whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former Telecom Minister A Raja can be quizzed, he said that the decision will be taken after taking suggestions from all the members.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) headed by senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi faced criticism from congress and other opposition parties. They had charged PAC of acting in a partisan manner and the report of the PAC was rejected by majority.

Now it appears that the JPC, headed by a Congress MP, is leaving no stones unturned to corner the NDA over the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

JPN/Bureau