No minister named in JPC draft report: Chacko
Under attack from the BJP, JPC chairman PC Chacko said today that he has not named former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in his draft report on the 2G spectrum issue.delhi Updated: Apr 22, 2013 15:34 IST
Under attack from the BJP, JPC chairman PC Chacko said on Monday that he has not named former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in his draft report on the 2G spectrum issue.
"I want to confirm that I have not taken anyone's name in this report. This must be someone's imagination. They must have calculated who was in power or in office in a particular period. I have not named Vajpayee or any other minister in the report. There is no such thing," he told reporters outside Parliament.
BJP president Rajnath Singh had on Sunday attacked the JPC saying his party would raise strong protest against any attempt to "malign" Vajpayee in 2G spectrum issue and on coal block allocation probe.
The JPC chairman said he was in favour of a probe into leakage of the committee's draft report.
"If they (opposition parties) have moved such a motion, I am with it because we have always faced this problem... Every meeting, I used to tell my colleagues that please don't allow the classified information to reach media. But despite that, it was being leaked," he said.
"This time also, when the draft report was prepared, I took special caution that sealed covers are made and it was sent to everyone through special messengers. How can anybody observe more caution than this? If there is any confusion over leakage, then notice should be taken," Chacko said.
Asked if he was guilty of leaking the report, Chacko said, "They (opposition parties) have not blamed me. The matter is how it got leaked to the media. I am not accused for it."
On whether the report would be adopted by the Committee, Chacko said, "I am not worried about numbers in the Committee. It is not a UPA or a Congress report, it is Committee of the Parliament. It is the responsibility of all the members of the committee to get it through. I am confident that the report would be adopted."