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P J Thomas deposes before JPC

NEW DELHI: The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), which is examining the allocations and pricing of telecom licences and spectrum, is yet to decide on the date to summon former Telecom secre

Published: 18th April 2012 02:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 07:35 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), which is examining the allocations and pricing of telecom licences and spectrum, is yet to decide on the date to summon former Telecom secretary Siddharth Behura.

Former Telecom secretary P J Thomas deposed before the committee on Tuesday.

During the panel meeting, members had raised the issue of former Telecom secretary Behura.

JPC chairman P C Chacko informed the members that Behura wrote a letter saying that he be allowed to appear before the panel at some other time since he is facing cross examination in the court in the 2G case. Chacko read out the letter written by Behura, who is currently lodged in Tihar jail.

The JPC chairman said that Behura would be asked to appear before the panel in its next meetings.

It is learnt that the JPC will seek another extension as its term ends next month.

Chacko said that he would move a motion on the last day of the Budget session on May 22 seeking an extension till the end of the monsoon session.

“Hopefully, this will be the last extension and we will complete our task,” he said.

Chacko will also move a separate motion to fill up five vacancies - three from Rajya Sabha and two from Lok Sabha-  in the committee.



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