Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chief MM Joshi on Wednesday snubbed Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) chairman PC Chacko for stating that the PAC should confine itself to the CAG report on the 2G spectrum allocation and avoid a parallel probe.
"If he has any suggestions or observations to make about the PAC, he should better write to us. I will take into consideration when such a communication reaches me," Joshi said.
Responding to Joshi's remark, Chacko said, "He (Joshi) understands what I have said. The only thing is that procedurally whether I should make a statement or write. He is right and I will write to him."
Chacko held that he had not committed any mistake by saying that the PAC should not conduct a parallel probe.
"It is not a mistake. When you ask me what I am going to do, I have to react. I did not hold any press conference. I did not do any briefing or anything. Some friends asked me, I gave my opinion.
"At the same time Joshi feels ...as a seasoned parliamentarian...he is right... and if he feels that I should have written to him, I will not delay. I will write to him today," he said.
Chacko said the JPC would discuss on "the correct perspective" of the mandate of the PAC and the duty entrusted to JPC in its first meeting on March 24.
BJP leader in the Rajya Sabha SS Ahluwalia said, "The chairman of the JPC is speaking about his views. Only when the JPC meets on March 24, we will form an opinion."
Refusing to be drawn into the controversy between Chacko and Joshi over powers of
JPC and PAC, Ahluwalia said, "I am an ordinary member of the JPC. It would improper to comment."