JPC probing into the 2G scam gets time till the budget session

Term of the Committee was to expire during monsoon session that concludes on Thursday

New Delhi: Unable to complete its task within the allocated period, the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) looking into the 2G spectrum scam was today granted an extension till the budget session next year.

The term of the Committee, headed by PC Chacko, was to expire during the monsoon session that concludes on Thursday, reports PTI.

Mr Chacko moved a motion in the Lok Sabha today seeking an extension for the presentation of the report of the Committee till the last day of the next budget session. The motion was adopted by a voice vote.

The 30-member committee has so far heard officials of the Enforcement Directorate, the Central Bureau of Investigation and some former telecom secretaries. It is yet to hear other former telecom secretaries, former chairmen of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, former attorney general Soli Sorabjee and former telecom ministers.

The JPC, consisting of 20 members from the Lok Sabha and 10 from the Rajya Sabha, was constituted on 4th March to examine matters relating to allocation and pricing of telecom licences and spectrum between 1998 and 2009.

The government had agreed to constitute the JPC after persistent demands by the opposition which had led to that washout of the winter session.

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