Govt will probe how PAC draft report was leaked: Soni

Government will find out how the draft report of the Public Accounts Committee was leaked before it was discussed among its members, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said on Thursday.

Last Updated: Apr 28, 2011, 13:20 PM IST

New Delhi: Government will find out how
the draft report of the Public Accounts Committee was leaked
before it was discussed among its members, Union Information
and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said on Thursday.
"We will find out," she told reporters here when asked
how the report was leaked to the media.

Soni, however, refused to comment on the report, which
has faulted the Prime Minister and his office on the 2G
spectrum allocation, saying it would amount to "contempt".

"The report of the PAC has reached some sections of
the media. I have no answer as to how it reached them. Until
it is officially tabled, you cannot expect me to comment on
that. I have no knowledge (of the report). Until all the
members of the PAC agree with the report, it is not proper for
a Union Minister to comment on it," she said.

On differences between members of the ruling coalition
and Opposition over the report, she said the PAC is a
Parliamentary Committee and its members have given their
views.
"If there is any difference it will be discussed and
it is the basic element of democracy. Earlier also there were
differences in committees. They were sorted out."

To a specific question, she said: "Let the report
come. We will talk about it."

An all out political war broke out between UPA and
Opposition after the draft PAC report came down heavily on the
PMO, Cabinet Secretariat and faulted the Prime Minister in the
2G scam.

Congress and DMK hit back demanding Joshi`s
resignation.

PTI