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Jaswant Singh suggested JPC probe should be wound up: Chacko

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

Senior P C today claimed that and former Union Jaswant Singh had suggested that the JPC probe on the should be wound up as he felt that spectrum allocation had paved the way for a telecom revolution in the country.

Singh, who was a member in the 30-member Joint Parliamentary Committee on the 2G spectrum issue, voiced his views when the JPC probe had reached its half-way mark, said while sharing his experience as the JPC

"was an eminent parliamentarian. After completing the examination of many, including CAG Vinod by the panel, Singh told me --Mr Chacko, why don't you recommend your to wind up this probe? What happened in is a telecome revolution," told a meet-the-press programme, organised by the Ernakulam press club here.

He made the claim a day after former telecom A Raja, and all other accused were acquitted in the 2G spectrum allocation scam cases by a special court in New Delhi, which held that the prosecution "miserably failed" to prove the charges.

The former hailed the verdict acquitting and Kanimozhi, saying it was just a charge to defame the then and the led by him.

Accusing the then of overstepping its jurisdiction by calculating presumptive loss, said this was an interpretation by the constitutional body.

Scrutiny by various agencies have now held that the loss calculation made by it was erroneous and presumptive calculation was not correct, he said.

"CAG is only expected to assess the actual loss to the exchequer. But here overstepping its jurisdiction the CAG made an assessment on the basis of presumptive loss," said.

He said that during the examination by the panel he had asked about the controversial presumptive calculation by the CAG overstepping its jurisdiction.

merely said "I calculated presumptive loss," he said.

also hit out at on the issue, asking why had not its government so far rejected the report submitted by JPC if it had differences on its findings.

"has majority in Parliament. Five members of the BJP, including in the government were members of JPC. Why didn't they reject that report so far,?" he asked, alleging that the ruling party had been using the 2G spectrum allegations for its political gains.

was made of the 30-member JPC on the 2G spectrum issue in March 2011 by then Meira Kumar.

The controversial report of the JPC, which gave a clean chit to the then Manmohan Singh, was submitted to the in October 2013.

The report, on which six parties had submitted dissent notes, had rubbished the notional loss figure of Rs 1.76 lakh crore estimated by CAG, saying it was "ill-conceived."

also said CBI failed to prove the charge that there was a loss of Rs 30,984 crore to the exchequer in allocation of licences for the 2G spectrum which were scrapped by the on February 2, 2012.

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First Published: Fri, December 22 2017. 18:31 IST