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'Don't reopen panel's 2G draft report'

delhi Updated: Oct 13, 2011 00:34 IST
Saubhadra Chatterji
Saubhadra Chatterji
Hindustan Times
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Upping the ante against Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Murali Manohar Joshi a section of the Congress warned him against reopening the committee's 2G draft report that was rejected earlier. The veteran BJP leader has also been requested not to confuse people or give wrong information to the media.

Congress MP and AICC secretary Sanjay Nirupam shot a letter to Joshi on Tuesday, a day after the PAC meeting witnessed furore over allegations of lack of credibility of the CAG, saying, "Do not use our submissions as a pretext to reopen the CAG report on 2G and instead adopt ways to restore the credibility of CAG which is the sole purpose of my submissions."

In the meeting, it was decided that CAG, Vinod Rai would appear before the parliamentary panel to explain how the audit body pegged the 2G revenue loss at Rs 1.76 lakh crore. Now the Congress is worried that Joshi may revive the draft report on 2G spectrum scam.

The Congress reminded that the draft report was already rejected by 11 out of 20 members of the previous PAC last April, "Any attempt to introduce the (report) would be illegal and unconstitutional", the letter said.

After the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) was formed last year to look into the 2G and other telecom policies, the Congress wanted the PAC to give up its 2G agenda. But Joshi produced a draft report that was rejected amid high drama.

Earlier, some Congress members had even verbally expressed their doubts about Joshi's leadership inside the meeting. But this is perhaps the first time when a senior Congress leader wrote to Joshi asking him to stick to the agenda.

Pointing out why the draft report can't be revived, Nirupam wrote, "You have again tried to reduce the PAC to a mechanism for pursuing narrow political goals of the political party to which you belong."