Cong says its PAC members have raised `legitimate issues`

Last Updated: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 19:22

New Delhi: Congress on Friday justified the
objections raised by party members in the Public Accounts
Committee probing the 2-G spectrum scam, maintaining that they
have raised "legitimate issues" of jurisdiction that have
cropped up with the formation of the JPC.

"We cried from rooftops that there will inevitably
be a clash of jurisdiction, multiplicity and overlap but we
were accused of obduracy.... Now chickens are coming home to
roost. The matter has come full circle. The opposition leader,
heading the committee, is finding an overlap," Congress
spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said in reply to a volley of
questions on PAC members clashing at a meeting on Friday.

He dismissed the suggestion that by obstructing PAC
proceedings, the Congress is stalling the probe into the 2G
scam.

"A senior member of the government has resigned and
the CBI is on the fastest track. It is absolutely ridiculous
to say that," Singhvi said, adding that the members were
raising legitimate issues of jurisdiction.

He said if there is any problem, then it is for the
PAC and JPC to resolve it between them.

Asked whether he supports the party members` actions,
he said, "We cannot comment on them. These are issues which
can become part of Parliamentary Privilege.

"If there is any problem, they can approach the Lok
Sabha Speaker. Why should we say anything."

Sharp divisions were witnessed today in the Public
Accounts Committee headed by BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi
over continuation of its probe into the 2G spectrum scam.

At the meeting, Congress and DMK members questioned
the need for the PAC to continue its examination of the matter
as a Joint Parliamentary Committee has already been
constituted for the purpose.

PTI



First Published: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 19:22

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