All procedures followed during adoption of JPC report: Chacko
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 17:58
  
New Delhi: Against the backdrop of Opposition parties terming the JPC report on 2G scam as a "fraud", panel chief PC Chacko on Wednesday claimed he had followed due procedure in adopting the document and gave members sufficient time to raise objections to the draft.

BJP leader and JPC member Yashwant Sinha has suggested moving a "no confidence" against Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar for not allowing Opposition members speak on the issue when the report was tabled in the lower house on Monday.

Chacko today issued a statement saying he followed all procedures during the adoption of the report.

He also said while rules governing standing committees do now allow dissent notes, he gave members sufficient time to file their dissent on the report.

"The draft JPC report was circulated on April 18, 2013... Thereafter, it was taken up for consideration and adoption on September 27, 2013... During this period of five months, no member of the JPC ever gave any notice of amendments to the draft report," Chacko said.

He said at the time of voting, no member raised any objection "to the manner of deciding and adopting the report and had voluntarily and willingly participated in the voting".

He said during the period between the date of adoption of the report and the day it was presented the Speaker on October 29, "not a single member wrote to the Speaker stating any objection about the procedure followed for adoption.

"It is only in the month of November and December, after the report has been published and circulated, that some members raised the matter of manner of adoption of report with the Speaker."

The report was tabled after the Speaker disallowed any debate on the issue at the presentation stage during Zero Hour.

This prompted members of DMK, UPA's erstwhile partner, and Opposition members, including those from BJP, Left, Trinamool Congress, BJD and Shiromani Akali Dal, to stand up in protest.

Yashwant Sinha, Harin Pathak (both BJP), Gurudas Dasgupta (CPI) and Kalyan Banerjee (Trinamool) shouted that the report was a "fraud" on the Constitution, while DMK members walked out of the House.

The controversial report gave a clean chit to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the 2G spectrum scam saying he was "misled" by the then Telecom Minister A Raja.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 17:58


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