JPC may meet on May 7; could seek another extension

Last Updated: Friday, May 3, 2013 - 20:47

New Delhi: The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on 2G scam is likely to meet on Tuesday to decide on the "future course of action" amid possibility of it seeking a fresh extension of tenure to adopt the controversial draft report.

After Lok Sahba Speaker Meira Kumar expressed her inability to remove him as JPC Chairman as demanded by 15 opposition members of the committee, P C Chacko has started contacting members to hold a meeting.

But the planned meeting on May 7 is unlikely to adopt the draft report which gave clean chit to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram and indicted former telecom minister A Raja for the 2G scam.

Instead, the meeting is being convened to decide on the "future course of action" following Speaker`s advice to the members to "sink" their differences, sources said.

"The faith reposed by Parliament is betrayed by trading allegations against each other. It is, therefore, necessary for the Chairman and the members to sink their differences and present a report as mandated by Parliament," she said in a letter to JPC members yesterday.

With the term of the Committee coming to an end on May 10 along with the end of the Budget session, Chacko is most likely to seek an extension to reach a conclusion as amid divergent views, the panel would not be able to adopt the draft report before Parliament is adjourned sine die, the sources said.

The fresh extension could be till the beginning of the Monsoon session of Parliament which is likely to begin around July 23.

Fifteen members from Opposition parties including from former UPA allies DMK and Trinamool Congress, had earlier written separate letters to the Speaker contending that they have "no confidence" in the JPC Chairman and had appealed to her to immediately remove him.

They had also rejected the draft report "in toto".

With numbers not on his side, Chacko is unlikely to rush with the adoption of the report.

While SP has not sought Chacko`s removal, it has made it clear that till Raja is not called as a witness, it would not support the report. SP has one member in the panel. BSP, with two members, is likely to side with UPA.

Chacko has said that while the text of the draft would not be altered, members can move amendments in form of dissent notes which can be appended to the report to be tabled in Parliament.

PTI



First Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 - 20:47

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