Apologise to CAG: Joshi to Cong MPs
In his continuing battle with Congress members, PAC Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi today asked them to tender "unqualified apology" to CAG Vinod Rai for their "wild allegations" against him.delhi Updated: Nov 22, 2011 19:14 IST
In his continuing battle with Congress members, PAC Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi on Tuesday asked them to tender "unqualified apology" to CAG Vinod Rai for their "wild allegations" against him.
Joshi, a senior BJP leader, also rejected the Congress members' demand that Rai should not be present at the Committee proceedings when a retired CAG official R P Singh deposes before it.
In the wake of Congress members attacking the CAG in PAC meetings, Joshi seemed to suggest that Congress MPs can impeach if they are not happy with the CAG but they cannot make allegations against him in the PAC.
In a ruling, he maintained that the controversial draft report on 2G issue, in which the PAC was critical of the Prime Minister, his office and the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram, and the 3G spectrum allocation, stands circulated to members.
The Congress members had contented that the draft report was rejected by the Committee and was not in order.
Referring to allegations by Congress members that all the reports of the CAG were based on "untruth", "fraud" and "politically motivated", Joshi reminded the members that no allegations can be referred or defamatory remarks made against the CAG, who is accorded the status of a judge of the Supreme Court.
"No allegations can be levelled against the CAG nor motive attributed to his findings. If honourable members have ground to believe that CAG has exceeded its jurisdiction or his findings are not based on facts, they are at liberty to seek remedy under the Rules of Procedure and the procedure prescribed for the purpose," he said.
First Published: Nov 22, 2011 19:12 IST