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JPC is not a representative body, says Govt

Apparently seeking to drive a wedge in the Opposition camp, the government on Thursday said even if a JPC probe was ordered into the 2G spectrum allocation, only seven of the 37 parties could find a place in the committee.



New Delhi: Apparently seeking to drive a wedge in the Opposition camp, the government on Thursday said even if a JPC probe was ordered into the 2G spectrum allocation, only seven of the 37 parties could find a place in the committee.

"Parliament is represented by 37 political parties, but
the JPC would be restricted only to seven parties. Would it be
a representative body," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan
Kumar Bansal told reporters.

Noting that the Supreme Court was seized of the matter and
was pro-actively going into the issue, he said investigation,
prosecution and adjudication cannot be done by a Parliamentary
panel.

The proper forum for discussion on any issue would be
Parliament, he said.

Bansal`s comments came close on the heels of NDA declaring
that there was no going back on the issue of JPC demand as it
was a multi-dimensional scam, undermining democracy itself and
wondering why the government was "scared" of such a probe.

Though the financial business of Parliament would be
completed tomorrow with Rajya Sabha taking up the
appropriation bills for Railways, sources said there was no
immediate possibility of Parliament adjourning sine die as
government was in no mood to rush through the pending bills.

PTI

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