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Public accounts panel summons Tata, Radia for 4 April hearing

Public accounts panel summons Tata, Radia for 4 April hearing
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First Published: Tue, Mar 29 2011. 01 01 AM IST

Willing to appear: Tata Sons chairman Ratan Tata. Harikrishna Katragadda/Mint
Willing to appear: Tata Sons chairman Ratan Tata. Harikrishna Katragadda/Mint
Updated: Tue, Mar 29 2011. 01 01 AM IST
New Delhi: Tata Sons chairman Ratan Tata and corporate lobbyist Niira Radia have been summoned by the public accounts committee (PAC), a parliamentary audit body examining the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) on alleged irregularities in the allocation of second-generation (2G) telecom spectrum.
Willing to appear: Tata Sons chairman Ratan Tata. Harikrishna Katragadda/Mint
Both of them will appear before PAC on 4 April. Representatives of four other business groups said to have benefited from the allocation of spectrum may be summoned on 5 April, said two persons aware of PAC developments. Mint could not independently confirm this.
Tata is willing to appear before PAC on 4 April, a Tata Sons spokesperson said in an email.
A spokesperson for Radia’s Vaishnavi Corporate Communications Pvt. Ltd confirmed to Mint that she had received a notice from PAC. “We continue to extend our cooperation and will be present before the PAC to answer queries and present any clarifications,” the spokeperson said.
Radia is being investigated by various agencies for her alleged role in spectrum allocation.
The PAC move comes as the joint parliamentary committee constituted to look into the matter began functioning on Thursday. PAC is currently examining the CAG report that has indicated that mismanagement by former telecom minister A. Raja and the department of telecommunications in the allocation of 2G spectrum and licences led to a notional loss of Rs 1.76 trillion to the national exchequer.
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