Joshi mulls submitting PAC report to Speaker

Joshi is understood to have held confabulations with members of like-minded parties in the Public Accounts Committee this morning and discussed the legal angles relating to his powers as its chairperson.

Last Updated: Apr 29, 2011, 18:03 PM IST

New Delhi: A day after a chaotic meeting of
the Parliament`s PAC, its Chairperson Murli Manohar Joshi
along with NDA, AIADMK, BJD and Left members are exploring the
possibility of submitting the draft report on 2G scam to Lok
Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar before its term expires on Saturday.

Joshi is understood to have held confabulations with
members of like-minded parties in the Public Accounts
Committee this morning and discussed the legal angles relating
to his powers as its chairperson.

Sources aware of the developments said here that Joshi is
busy examining the various rules governing the functioning of
the PAC before he takes a final call on submitting the draft
report to the Speaker.

A member of the committee pointed out that Joshi was
"free" to submit the report to the Speaker`s office even in
her absence. She is on a tour to Arunachal Pradesh.

Joshi is also going through the objections raised by UPA
members in yesterday`s meeting.

The UPA members, however, feel Joshi cannot go ahead and
submit the report as it was not passed by the PAC. 11 members
of the committee, belonging to the Congress, DMK, SP and BSP
had "rejected" the draft report yesterday.

These members had also accused Joshi of presenting a
"one-sided" report with the "malafide" intention of
destabilising the government. They demanded that he step down
as PAC chairperson. A couple of members had accused Joshi of
"outsourcing" the report, a charge they later withdrew.

There were charges and counter-charges over leakage of
the report among the PAC members from both sides.

PTI