Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who had written to the Prime Minister seeking his appearance before the Joint Parliamentary Committee probing the 2G scam, said he written another letter and expressed his surprise and disappointment with Manmohan Singh's reply.
Pointing out that the Prime Minister had raised three points in the reply to his letter, Sinha said he had commented on all three aspects in the new letter he had written.
"I have reminded him that when the Public Accounts Committee was looking into the 2G scam, the Prime Minister had made a grand offer to appear before it.
"I have asked why he had sought to appear before the PAC but not before the JPC," Sinha said, adding that Singh had made the claim "merely to acquire cheap popularity".
He also debunked the Prime Minister's claims that all the documents related to the scam were made available to the JPC.
"If records and documents were enough, then the JPC has wasted its time over the last two years summoning witnesses, since we could have got all we needed from documents," Sinha said.
The former Finance Minister said that despite requests from the JPC, many ministries did not share documents with the committee until they were leaked and appeared in the media. It was only after the documents were publicised in the media that the JPC managed to get some of the relevant documents, he said.
"It is not that the govt had nothing to hide, the JPC had to demand and literally snatch the documents," Sinha said.
In response to Sinha's letter, the Prime Minister reiterated that neither the government nor he have anything to hide in the 2G case.
The Prime Minister further said that it is up to the JPC chief and its members to decide who should appear before it.
Sinha appealed to the Prime Minister to consider appearing before the JPC.
First Published On : Apr 9, 2013 10:29 IST