2G issue: Moves afoot to table privilege motion against CAG

Last Updated: Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 20:23

New Delhi: Moves are afoot to take the
Congress` battle against the CAG on the 2G scam report to a
new level with party MPs planning to table a privilege motion
against the constitutional functionary.

"We are seriously examining whether a case of
privilege can be made out against the CAG or not," sources in
party said, a day after it unleashed an attack on the
government auditor.

The party had yesterday taken a very serious note of
the CAG`s press release on Wednesday and wondered whether
there was any rule in Parliament procedures prohibiting MPs
from commenting on matters lying before a Parliamentary

Speaking on the condition of anonymity a senior party
leader today said, "this (CAG`s release) is breach of the
privileges of an MP rather than the MPs reaction on CAG report
being a contempt of Parliament."

The leader also recalled that JD-U MP Jainarain Nishad
had also moved a privilege motion against the CAG and also
some media organizations during the Winter session protesting
the leaks of the report before it was tabled in Parliament.

But the motion was rejected by Speaker Meira Kumar as it was
found that leak of a document was not a privilege issue.

Asked about Opposition`s attack on Congress on
"undermining" Constitutional bodies like CAG, the leader shot
back saying "why those, who are now claiming to be the
greatest defendants of CAG, did not ask then why Nishad filed
a privilege motion against CAG."

The party leader also strongly justified Sibal`s
criticism of CAG findings and said "we should have done it
earlier and we were late by two months in doing it."

At the AICC press briefig party yesterday, party
spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan had taken strong exception to
the CAG release counselling restraint on the part of MPs while
commenting on its 2G spectrum report on the ground that it
could be "improper" and could amount to contempt of

"We are somewhat surprised and a little distressed
because this seems to contain a suggestion that MPs do not
have a right to speak on any issues when CAG report is being
examined by a Parliamentary committtee....it was a very strong
suggestion, she said.

Natarajan had also questioned how the CAG report got
leaked to media well before it was tabled in Parliament.


First Published: Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 20:23

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