Raja, Maran, Shourie,all Telecom Ministers to get JPC summon

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New Delhi, Jun 7: As it was speculated earlier, the investigation panel on 2G spectrum scam - Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) will soon summon all telecom ministers to probe their roles in the second generation telecom spectrum scam.

Arun Shourie, Dayanidhi Maran and A Raja, who were the three telecom ministers since 1998, will appear before the JPC and will face grilling, sources confirmed.

Sources from Prime Minister Office (PMO) said that all former telecom ministers have to disclose their assets, liabilities and businesses infront of the JPC.

The latest development in the 2G spectrum scam has injected Maran as base on this reports Maran may be asked to resign from the cabinet as the Union Textile Minister.

Earlier, media reports claimed that Maran has lied by saying that he or his family members never gained any financial benefits during his tenure as a Telecom Minister.

A report aired by Times Now channel alleged that Maran had misused his powers when he was Telecom Minister. According to the IPO prospectus published by Sun TV on Apr 16, 2006, the company intended to enter the telecom sector, which was then controlled by Maran. The report alleged that the Sun TV, which is controlled by Dayanidhi Maran's brother Kalanidhi Maran, gained several benefits as Dayanidhi Maran's name appeared in promoters list.

Earlier while denying the allegations of secret BSNL telephone exchange, Maran said that he "have not done any thing wrong and not benefited anyone" during his tenure as a Telecom minister. But the latest reports clearly shows that Sun TV entered to Telecom sector during the period Maran, who held the telecom ministry from 2004 to 2007.

Further contradicting Maran's claim, the report added that Astro All Asia Networks (owned by Maxis) invested Rs 600 crores and announced joint venture with Sun TV in Apr 2007, when Maran was the Telecom Minister. Maxis gained telecom license for Aircel after investing in Sun TV.

Later, former Aircel promoter C Sivasankaran accused Maran of forcing him (Sivasankaran) to sell his company to Maxis.

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