New Delhi, Apr 2 (): Questioning the functioning of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) Chairman P.C. Chacko, for not inviting former Telecom Minister A. Raja to depose before it, BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Monday said the panel is more interested in hiding the truth than reporting it.
Considering the decision of the panel to keep away Raja is causing grave concern, said Mr. Sinha, who is also a member of the JPC. He further admitted that he would write a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and bring the matter to their notice. Sinha also stated that the purpose of the panel which has been formed will remain idle if Raja is not called as a witness.
Some of the Left members of the Committee also joined Mr. Sinha in backing Raja’s appeal to depose him before the panel. Clarifying about a mail letter of A. Raja to Chacko, Sinha said that it raises serious concern over the JPC’s functioning in which Raja has mentioned he had written three to four letters to Chacko, but received no proper reply from the JPC chairman who after receiving his letter did not say anything about his coming before the panel as a witness.
A Raja’s written statement before the JPC in March was circulated among committee members recently. The intention of the chairman is very clear by not inviting Raja to depose before the JPC, added Mr Sinha. Raja has done the right thing in casting aspersions on Mr Chacko’s intention, stressed the senior BJP leader.
The veteran leader of the opposition also raised serious concern about the role of the ruling government at the centre and some of its members and questioned whether the panel is intending to reveal the truth or hide the truth. Despite repeated request made by the BJP, the Chairman of JPC not calling a meeting of the panel, shows its aim to thrash out the matter, said Mr Sinha.