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Oct 18, 2012 at 02:52pm IST

2G: ex-Cabinet Secretary hints Pranab was behind the note that blamed Chidambaram

New Delhi: Former Cabinet Secretary KM Chandrashekhar deposed before the Joint Parliamentary Committee probing the 2G spectrum case on Thursday. Putting the blame back on the then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Chandrasekhar said that he saw the note that said P Chidambaram could have stopped the 2G scam for the first time when he came to the JPC.

Chandrasekhar hinted that the finance ministry was behind note that blamed Chidambaram. President Pranab Mukherjee was the Finance Minister when the note was prepared. The ministry though had said the note was prepared for the PMO at the cabinet secretariat's behest.

Meanwhile, the BJP leaders continued to stay away from the JPC meet. While the BJP has been pressing for calling Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chidamaram as witnesses, the Left parties and BSP have favoured summoning the Finance Minister alone. Chacko has virtually rejected demands for calling the Prime Minister before the Committee. The six BJP members of the JPC had stayed away from the last sitting of the panel on October 11 in protest against Chacko's refusal to finalise the list of witnesses and include the Prime Minister and Chidambaram in it.