Ask the minister concerned: Congress on SC observation on 2G
Kapil Sibal was once again left to fend for himself by the Congress today as the Telecom Minister came under attack both by the Supreme Court and BJP`s Murli Manohar Joshi-led PAC.
New Delhi: Kapil Sibal was once again
left to fend for himself by the Congress today as the Telecom
Minister came under attack both by the Supreme Court and BJP`s
Murli Manohar Joshi-led PAC.
"As far as the Supreme Court observation is concerned,
these are on-going proceedings. It will be unfair for the
party to react in such a matter. You must ask this question to
minister concerned," party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told
reporters at the AICC briefing.
He was asked to comment on the Supreme Court today
pulling up Sibal for making statements undermining the CAG
report on the 2G scam and asking him to behave with some sense
"It is unfortunate. The minister should behave with
some sense of responsibility," a bench of Justices GS Singhvi
and AK Ganguly said directing the CBI to go ahead with the
probe into the scam without getting influenced by anybody`s
The Telecom Minister had termed as "utterly
erroneous and without any basis" the estimated presumptive
loss arrived at by the CAG on account of allocation of 2G
spectrum to telecom operators.
Singhvi spoke in similar vein when asked about PAC
Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi writing to Lok Sabha Speaker
Meira Kumar requesting her to ensure that the authority of PAC
and CAG is not impinged upon by ministers.
Referring to Sibal`s recent outburst against the CAG
report on 2G spectrum allocation, Joshi said the Telecom
Ministry was given ample time to respond on the findings of
the CAG and questioned the timing of the attack when the
report has already been tabled in Parliament.
Asked to comment on it, Singhvi said this was a view
expressed by the PAC and the party will respond to it after
the Speaker takes a decision on it.
"Let the Speaker ask the PAC or the concerned
minister and take a decision....if at all there is a decision,
it it first come...Then we will respond to it," he added.
Congress spokespersons have been responding in a
flip-flop manner on the issue in the past also.