Asked for his response, Chacko said: “The speaker may have taken some decision, but currently I am out of Delhi and not aware of what it is.”
Chacko, in his letter to Kumar on Thursday, had referred to the demand of JPC members from the opposition parties that Chidambaram be summoned before the panel as a witness.
The letter stated that “although Rule 99(1) of parliamentary rules and procedures do not permit a committee to summon a minister”, there were two precedents of the speaker having allowed it in the past. So her opinion was being sought.
Chacko’s argument didn’t find favour with Kumar, who said there appeared to be no need for her interference.
Chacko had cited the demand raised by opposition leaders Sitaram Yechury (CPM), Satish Chandra Mishra (BSP) and Gurudas Dasgupta (CPI) along with BJP members. He has already rejected the BJP’s demand for summoning the PM.