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Will consider Raja request on 2G debate

New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar today said she will consider any request from arrested former telecom minister A Raja to participate in the debate on 2G spectrum allocation scam once it comes on her table.

“Let his request come, then I will consider,” Kumar told reporters outside Parliament House. She was responding to questions on Raja`s reported request to his party DMK to allow him to take part in the debate on the issue of 2G spectrum allocation made during his tenure.

47-year-old Raja was arrested by the CBI on February two on charges of criminal conspiracy and under the Prevention of Corruption Act in connection with the 2G scam.

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He is now lodged in Tihar Jail under judicial remand following completion of his 14-day CBI custody.

Raja is alleged to have manipulated rules to favour some telecom companies in allocation of spectrum at throwaway prices.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has announced that the government will constitute a JPC to probe the allocation of 2-G spectrum.

A motion for JPC formation will be moved by Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on February 24. Four hours have been set aside for a debate on JPC formation after the motion is moved.

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