Govt to announce JPC next week for peace in Parliament
The government, next week, is almost certain to accept the opposition's demand to form a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) to probe the 2G spectrum scam.delhi Updated: Feb 18, 2011 16:55 IST
Indicating formation of a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the 2G spectrum scam, government today appeared to rule out widening its ambit to cover other scandals.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister PK Bansal gave such a hint at a press conference ahead of the three-month long Budget session beginning Monday. A decision on setting up a JPC would be taken by Wednesday, he said.
After indications emerged that the UPA government may agree to formation of the JPC to probe the 2G scam, an issue which had derailed the entire winter session of Parliament, BJP has been talking of inclusion of the Commonwealth Games scandal and the Adarsh Housing scam also in its ambit.
Bansal said that discussions with Opposition on the issue of JPC are "moving forward" and expressed the hope that the Budget Session will "run smoothly".
"It is a premature question at the moment. We are still in the process of discussing with other political parties.....A decision will be taken by wednesday,", Bansal said when asked whether Government has decided to go in for a JPC.
The demand for widening the ambit of the is unlikely to be conceded as the rules of Parliamentary procedure do not allow such a clubbing of various issues under an umbrella resolution.
Bansal sought to reject the demand for a combined JPC into the 2G scam, Commonwealth Games scandal and Adarsh Housing scam.
He said that according to rules of procedure of Parliament, a definite issue needed to be mentioned in the motion and there cannot be a probe on a general issue like corruption.
To a query on the possibility of Prime Minister being called by the JPC to appear before it, Bansal said that in such an eventuality, the Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar will have to decide whether to allow it. "The decision of the Speaker will be final".