Pushing ahead with the probe in the 2G scam, the JPC today decided to call all former telecom ministers since 1998, including A Raja and Dayanidhi Maran who are facing allegations in connection with the issue, to depose before it.
CBI Director A P Singh and two senior officials briefed the JPC on the probe agency's inputs related to its investigation into the scam when a DMK member of the JPC asked him not to name any Telecom Minister, apparently to pre-empt him from naming Maran.
The CBI chief was asked by DMK member T R Baalu not to take the names of Telecom Ministers in his presentation when he was referring to the period when Arun Shourie was the Telecom Minister.
Sources said Baalu apparently made the observation to pre-empt the CBI chief from naming Maran, who became Telecom Minister after Shourie.
Maran is in the eye of a storm after allegations surfaced that his family-owned Sun TV network received pay-offs from a Malaysian telecom firm.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, JPC Chairman P C Chacko insisted that Maran's name did not figure during the discussions held today.
He, however, said the CBI Director told the JPC that the agency was also probing the alleged delay of two years in granting telecom licenses to Aircel-Maxis between 2004 and 2006. Maran, who is the current Union Textiles Minister, was at the helm of affairs in the Telecom Ministry then.