New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has rejected Bharatiya Janata Party leader Yashwant Sinha's allegations in the 2G scam. The Prime Minister has also said that it is up to the Joint Parliamentary Committee to decide who has to be called for deposition.
The Prime Minister in his reply to Yashwant Sinha's letter said he has nothing to hide and that all the required documents have been submitted to the JPC.
In his reply to Yashwant Sinha's letter, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, "I have received your letter of April 1, 2013 regarding the Joint Parliamentary Committee looking into the 2G matter. You are aware that all pertinent records and documents available with the Government have already been placed at the disposal of the JPC. I have said from the beginning that neither the Government nor I have anything to hide in this matter. The decision as to what evidence should be sought and which individuals should be asked to appear before the JPC is a matter that needs to be decided internally by the JPC and its Chairman."
Yashwant Sinha had on Monday written to the Prime Minister asking him to appear before the JPC. Citing former Telecom Minister A Raja's communication to JPC, Sinha asked PM Manmohan Singh to appear before the committee to 'clear his name' following allegations levelled against him.
In his letter, Sinha said any hesitation on his part to appear before JPC will prove that he has "something to hide". Sinha pointed out that when Parliament's Public Accounts Committee was examining the CAG report on the 2G scam, the Prime Minister had publicly offered to appear before it to enable the committee reach the "right conclusions".
"You have not made a similar offer to the JPC despite the fact that many members of the JPC have publicly demanded that you appear before the JPC," Sinha said. He claimed that in his communications to the JPC, Raja has levelled "serious allegations" against the Prime Minister and Finance Minister P Chidambaram.
"I think it is in your own personal interest to appear before the JPC and clear your name. You may also suggest the Finance Minister to make a similar offer," he wrote. Sinha asked the Prime Minister to request JPC Chairman PC Chacko to call Raja as a witness before the committee. "Any hesitation on your part will only confirm the feeling that you have something to hide," the BJP leader said.
The BJP had hit out at JPC Chairman PC Chacko again on Tuesday for not calling former telecom minister A Raja to depose. Yashwant Sinha demanded that former telecom minister A Raja be called to depose as he is equally culpable as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the 2G case.
"Raja has written to the JPC to say that if he is guilty, so are the PM and the FM. Raja's testimony will cause a lot of problems for both the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister, that is why he isn't being called by the JPC," Yashwant Sinha had said.