In a surprise move, chairman of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Murli Manohar Joshi on Thursday held a one-to-one with the CBI director AP Singh, ahead of the panel's likely summoning of top government officials.
The PAC is set to ask the cabinet secretary KM Chandrasekhar and principal secretary in the Prime Minister's Office, TKA Nair to appear before it.
The panel, which is probing the 2G scam, is also expected to summon the senior journalists whose names figured in the leaked telephone conversations with corporate lobbyist, Niira Radia. Radia will also be asked to appear before it.
Editors of Outlook and Open magazines, Vinod Mehta and Manu Joseph, are likely to appear before the committee on March 14, sources said. The two magazines had published the transcripts of Radia tapes.
CBI director Singh, who had appeared before the PAC on February 15, is understood to have briefed Joshi about the progress into the investigations.
Singh may be asked to appear before the panel for a second time before the agency files its chargesheet against former telecom minister A Raja and four other accused on March 31, according to sources.
It is unusual for a parliamentary committee chairman to hold a meeting with the chief of an investigating agency, but members of the committee defended the move saying Joshi has been meeting those deposing before the PAC separately.
Interestingly, the CBI had last month filed an appeal in the SC against the Allahabad HC order which had exonerated BJP leaders LK Advani and Joshi from charges of criminal conspiracy in the Babri Masjid case.
Progress of JPC
Meanwhile, the JPC on the scam will hold its first meet on March 24 to finalise a roadmap, including calling of witnesses and documents. The 30-member panel will look into the telecom policy from 1998 to 2009.