No clash of interests with JPC: Chacko

Last Updated: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 22:21

New Delhi: Noting that there was no "clash
of interests" with the PAC in probing the 2G spectrum
allocation, JPC Chairman P C Chacko today said parallel probe
by two parliamentary committees was "avoidable".

He also said the names of "seven to eight" former Union
Ministers, including members of Group of Ministers (GoM) who
were part of decision-making in telecom sector between
1998-2008 would be referred to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar
to decide whether their presence in the JPC constituted a
clash of interests.

He said that as per rules, only the Speaker can take a
decision on the issue and not the JPC.

Addressing reporters after the first meeting of the JPC,
constituted to look into the 2G spectrum issue, Chacko said
members of the committee were "unanimous" that parallel probe
by two committees of Parliament inquiring into the same issue
was "not good...avoidable...the final reports (of the two
committees) could be same and could also differ."

To a question, he said members of the JPC, who are also
part of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), shared similar
views.

"I would meet the Speaker to discuss the matter (of
parallel probes)," he said.

Asked whether he would also meet PAC chief Murli Manohar
Joshi, he said he would request the Speaker to call Joshi to
discuss the issue.

Referring to a book by M N Kaul and S L Shakder
`Practice and Procedure of Parliament`, Chacko said PAC is not
concerned with questions of policy but can only look into
"extravagance in implementation of the policy."

He said the JPC has been constituted to look into the
issue of policy (in telecom sector) as per the terms of
reference.

"There is no clash of interest, but parliamentary
propriety is that the PAC should not...”

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 22:21
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