Rajya Sabha MP Chandrasekhar wants Standing Committee on IT to probe 2G scam

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New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar has written to the members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology urging them to begin an independent probe into the 2G spectrum scam.

Chandrasekhar, who is himself a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, in his letter, stated that the scam relates to the telecom sector at its core.

"Notwithstanding the review of the CAG report by the PAC, it is critical that the Standing Committee on IT seek independent depositions from government officials, TRAI, industry experts and media to understand the factors that led to such a scam," said Chandrasekhar in his letter.

"Based on this, the Committee will be in the best position to make specific recommendations, including amendments to the policy, procedure and legislation (TRAI Act, as appropriate), which will prevent such scams from occurring in the future," he added.

Chandrasekhar has, in the past, written over a dozen letters relating to spectrum allocation and asked several questions in Parliament in this regard.

In Chandrasekhar's view, matters specific to telecom go beyond the CAG report and fall directly under the domain of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT.

"In view of the Supreme Court judgment to supervise the CBI investigation - it is clear that there is prima facie evidence of serious wrong doing in the telecom sector. This expanded probe ordered by the Supreme Court, coupled with the CAG report, necessitates immediate intervention by the Standing Committee on IT," he said.

The Standing Committee on IT is scheduled to reconvene in January 2011. (ANI)

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