Unlike BJP leaders Yashwant Sinha and Jaswant Singh, who agreed to be part of the JPC probing the 2G scam, the Congress’s Rajya Sabha member Abhishek Singhvi is understood to have chosen to keep himself out of it.
The Lok Sabha has already approved the motion and the terms of reference of the JPC, including the names of 20 MPs from the Lower House. The motion is slated to come up on Tuesday for Rajya Sabha’s endorsement.
The panel will have 10 MPs from the Upper House.
Sources said that besides Singhvi, the other two Congress members who were sounded out were PJ Kurien and Pravin Rashtrapal.
Singhvi reportedly chose to stay out because he had appeared against NDA’s telecom policy under Pramod Mahajan and Arun Shourie in court.
Once the panel is constituted, the Congress and its allies are expected to make a big issue of the inclusion of Singh and Sinha in the JPC.
As finance ministers, these two leaders had headed the group of the ministers looking into the BJP-NDA’s telecom policy which is now part of the JPC’s terms of reference. The panel will examine the telecom policy since 1998.
Besides BJP’s SS Ahluwalia and Ravi Shankar Prasad (who was also in the GoM), the JPC members from Rajya Sabha are likely to include Sitaram Yechury (CPM), Dr YP Trivedi (NCP) and SC Mishra (BSP).