Journalists in 2G tapes will face PAC: Joshi

Journalists, whose names have cropped up in the 2G scam tapes, will face the Public Accounts Committee, PAC chairman Murli Manohar Joshi has said.

Last Updated: Jan 16, 2011, 18:27 PM IST

New Delhi: Journalists, whose names have
cropped up in the 2G scam tapes, will face the Public Accounts
Committee, PAC chairman Murli Manohar Joshi has said.

Joshi, in an interview to a news channel, said, "Editors and
senior journalists who have incriminated themselves in a way
on the 2G scam tapes will be summoned by the PAC."

He added that the telecom scam had caused huge losses to
the exchequer and that if the taped conversation points
towards someone, the PAC would summon that individual.

The conversations between certain journalists and
corporate lobbyist Niira Radia tapped by IT officials and
leaked to media have been severely criticised by people and
political parties but this is the first time the PAC chief has
clearly said that journalists whose names have emerged will be
grilled.

Asked in the interview about the Hindu ideology of RSS,
which is facing the heat after certain persons closely
associated with the Sangh are being questioned for the
Malegaon blast and a couple of other cases, the senior BJP
leader described Hinduism as a "lifestyle, not a codified
religion".

"The RSS uses the term Hindu, whereas, I use the terms
Bharatiya, India. The confusion is of terminology only. There
is no difference ideologically," he explained.

To a pointed question if he would have any objection to
using the word `Hindavi` instead of `Hindu`, Joshi responded
by saying that he already used this term and thus had no
objection.

The RSS has been in the line of fire after a spiritual
guru from Dangs in Gujarat Swami Assemanand reportedly
confessed to police about his role in the Malegaon case and
police pointing fingers at senior Sangh leader Indresh Kumar
in connection with certain other terror cases.

PTI