Raising his pitch against Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) chairman PC Chacko, senior BJP member Yashwant Sinha once again pushed for calling the Prime Minister and finance minister as witnesses before the panel, adding that a parliamentary panel cannot encourage corruption on the basis of a majority.
Sinha’s sharp response—in a letter to Chacko on Monday— came in the wake of Chacko's consistent stand that the list of witnesses should be decided on the basis of majority.
In a counter-argument, Sinha also pointed out that parliamentary committees had also functioned on the basis of consensus rather than on the basis of votes. “For instance, in Public Accounts Committee, decisions are unanimous and there are no minutes of dissent to the report.”
Last week, the JPC chairman had written to Sinha saying if finance minister P Chidambaram was called before the panel then Sinha and Jaswant Singh—two former finance ministers and members of the JPC — too would have to appear as witnesses.
As it would be awkward for them to participate in the debate arising out of their own depositions, they may have to resign from the JPC, Chacko reportedly pointed out.
“You have never put my suggestions to vote in the committee. Therefore, to allude that the members of the committee are against my suggestions is not based on facts,” wrote Sinha.