Undeterred by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar returning the panel's controversial report on the 2G scam, PAC chairperson Murli Manohar Joshi on Friday said the issue was not over yet and he would place the document in the new committee to decide its fate.
Joshi, who is also chairperson of the new PAC that came into effect from May 1, 2011, said, "The 2G report, which has been returned by the Speaker, will be tabled in the new PAC and it will then decide what should be done."
He was non-committal on whether the Committee would resort to voting in the PAC to decide the next course of action.
There are major divisions between the Congress and its allies on one side and BJP, JD(U) on the other on whether the 2G spectrum scam should be dealt with by the PAC now as a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) has already been formed.
An unfazed Joshi on Friday said the document he submitted to the Speaker was a "PAC report" and not just his report. However, he maintained that deciding what should be done with the report was the "prerogative of the Speaker" and she had chosen to return it.
While dealing with the Rs 1.76 lakh crore telecom scam, Joshi had faced a lot of opposition from PAC members belonging to the Congress led UPA, as well as, outside supporters of the government, namely the SP and BSP.
During the last meeting of the last PAC, Joshi had to "adjourn" the proceedings as the Congress members indulged in "filibustering" and did not permit conduct of business.