Has PAC gone beyond mandate in 2G probe? JPC to discuss today
The turf war over 2G scam inquiry has refused to die down with the Joint Parliamentary Committee planning to discuss today whether the PAC, chaired by senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, has gone beyond its mandate.delhi Updated: Mar 24, 2011 09:17 IST
The turf war over 2G scam inquiry has refused to die down with the Joint Parliamentary Committee planning to discuss on Thursday whether the PAC, chaired by senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, has gone beyond its mandate.
After discussing the issue its first meeting on Thursday, the JPC plans to write to the Public Accounts Committee Chairman about the Committee confining itself to inquiring issues over which the CAG report has made its observations.
"We have no quarrel with them. Propriety demands that we will point out to them. Joshiji is a very senior member of parliament and he also knows propriety is very important," JPC Chairman P C Chacko said.
Maintaining that JPC, which has 30 members from both the Houses, was constituted by a resolution passed by the Parliament and the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the committee was mentioned in it, Chacko said, "our ToR need not be the subject matter of another committee's enquiry.
"There is an impropriety in that obviously and that we want to point out to the committee."
He said two committees of Parliament submitting contradictory reports or different reports to Parliament will create a difficult situation.
"So normally, it is the precedent and it is the practice and as far as some committees are concerned it is a rule that the same topic will not be discussed by two committees," Chacko said.
He said Thursday's meeting will also discuss the issues including the number of meetings to be held in a week, documents to be summoned, and the enquiry should start from where to where.
"All these things will be decided then," he said. The JPC is supposed to submit the report to Parliament by the end of monsoon session and it will try to keep to that time schedule, he said.
"And if absolutely necessary, then we will ask for extension," Chacko said.