2G report sent to Speaker, Joshi takes on Prime Minister
Chairman of Parliament’s public accounts committee (PAC) Murli Manohar Joshi on Saturday sent the controversial draft report on the 2G spectrum scandal to Speaker Meira Kumar and charged the Prime Minister with having remained a “mute spectator” to the scam. HT reports.delhi Updated: May 01, 2011 01:28 IST
Chairman of Parliament’s public accounts committee (PAC) Murli Manohar Joshi on Saturday sent the controversial draft report on the 2G spectrum scandal to Speaker Meira Kumar and charged the Prime Minister with having remained a “mute spectator” to the scam.
He also said the government had interfered with the functioning of PAC, alleging that ministers were influencing members with phone calls and even “passing chits” to them.
Joshi, breaking his silence after Friday’s drama in which a majority of members ‘rejected” his report, said he hadn't given a clean chit to anyone. “Prime Minister Manmohan Singh remained a mute spectator during the 2G scam,” he told reporters. He also termed the rejection of the draft report “unconstitutional.”
The government immediately hit back, saying Joshi had not right to submit a draft report not adopted by the committee. “Who has given him the right… the report has been rejected. Even if it is assumed that it has not been rejected, the fact remains it has not been passed by the majority,” parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said.
With the two sides engaged in a no-holds bar feud over the issue, all eyes will be on the crucial decision of Speaker Meira Kumar, who is likely to hear out all the parties before taking a final call.
The BJP veteran said he expected the Speaker to accept the report and place it before Parliament.
“I would wait for a decision from the Speaker on whether the report will be adopted. Her view will be final,” Joshi said.
It was the PAC's decision to summon the cabinet secretary, the attorney general and officials of the Prime Minister's Office that turned the government and Congress against him, he said. “Congress members (of the PAC) became restive and the atmosphere was vitiated the moment top officials were summoned.”