The Congress and DMK members are getting ready to give their dissent note if the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Murli Manohar Joshi tries to finalise his report into the 2G scandal on April 28—two days before its term ends.
Till late evening, Joshi had not circulated the draft report which is expected to be placed before the panel for adoption. This would leave them with little time to study the document and give views.
While the Congress-DMK's reaction would depend on the kind of draft he circulates, the party's leaders are, meanwhile, putting their heads together to work out a strategy to deal with the situation.
Informed sources dispelled the impression that the UPA members were out to scuttle the PAC's inquiry or report. Their contention, they said, was that the PAC should confine itself to its conventional constitutional role of examining the CAG report, particularly after the joint parliamentary committee has been constituted to examine the 2G spectrum allocation and the matter was subjudice.
“When the JPC is there, why is there a tearing hurry? Why cannot the PAC defer it (the report) to the JPC? Is it also a result of internal one-upmanship in the BJP?” Congress spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters.
During the panel’s meetings, UPA members expressed their unhappiness at the way Joshi seemed to be rushing with the report without getting or examining all evidence. They also alleged that he either failed to give or gave at the last minute the verbatim report of the evidence obtained during hearings.
NGO got Rs 6cr aid
NGO Tamil Maiyam received around Rs 6 crore as donation from various telecom companies but all were cheque payments and duly accounted by the organisation, which helped it get off the hook in the 2G scam, a top CBI sources told HT on Tuesday. The daughter of Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi, Kanimozhi, is a director in the NGO which was founded by Jegath Gasper Raj.
The CBI had raided offices of Jegath Gasper Raj during the investigation into the 2G scam. At the time, Raj had denied the 2G scam money was routed through it.
Sources also disclosed that a joint team of the CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials will visit Cyprus and Mauritius to probe money trail in the 2G scam.