JPC chairman P C Chacko on Tuesday hit out at BJP leader Yashwant Sinha for writing to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to appear before the panel examining the 2G spectrum scam, dubbing it as a "political stunt" and against established "norms".
"How can a member of the JPC write a letter to the Prime Minister? It is for the committee to take a decision. It is only a political stunt and against norms of Parliamentary procedure," Chacko told PTI responding to Sinha's letter to Singh asking him to appear before the panel to clear his name.
He said Sinha's letter has "no relevance" as decisions including calling a minister have to be taken by the committee and "not individuals."
When pointed that Sinha has asked the Prime Minister to volunteer himself as a witness before JPC, Chacko said, "even if the Prime Minister wants he cannot appear before the JPC. That's the norm which applies to all of us."
The JPC chief said Sinha cannot cite the example of the Prime Minister's willingness to appear before Public Accounts Committee when it was examining the CAG report on 2G scam.
"Despite the Prime Minister's willingness to appear before PAC, why was he not called? Sinha ji should ask this question to the PAC Chairman (Murli Manohar Joshi)," he said.
Chacko contended that even if the JPC wants, it cannot call a minister as a witness till a unanimous resolution was passed. "The resolution will then have to be sent to the (Lok Sabha) Speaker who will take a decision."
He said after completing deposition by witnesses, the committee members had authorised him to write the draft report. "Once the report is ready, we will meet to discuss it," he said.