New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party has hit out at 2G Joint Parliamentary Committee Chairman PC Chacko again for not calling former telecom minister A Raja to depose. BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has 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 said.
The Congress has hit back saying that the JPC can take its own call. "I haven't read Yashwant Sinha's letter. There are BJP members in the JPC, they can put their views before the JPC themselves. The PM has nothing to do with the JPC. The JPC can take its own decisions," Congress leader rashid Alvi said.
Earlier on Monday, Sinha wrote 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.
(With additional information from PTI)