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JPC-PAC turf war: Heads of Committees meet Speaker

Last Updated: Friday, April 1, 2011 - 20:44

New Delhi: The turf war between the Joint
Parliamentary Committee (JPC) and the Public Accounts
Committee (PAC) on 2G Spectrum probe on Friday reached Lok Sabha
Speaker Meira Kumar with heads of the two committees meeting
her and presenting their points of view to her.
During the meeting with the Speaker, JPC Chief P C
Chacko argued that the PAC should confine to examining the CAG
report while PAC Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi countered it
saying he could not go back as he had started the probe much
before constituting the JPC, sources said.

When contacted, Chacko told PTI, "There was a consensus
in the JPC meeting that PAC might be holding a probe parallel
to JPC by going beyond its specific mandate. Thats why we
decided to approach the Speaker."

He said both he and Joshi made representation before the
Speaker that two Parliamentary committees producing two
different reports on same issue would not be a "healthy
parliamentary convention."

Now, it is for the Speaker to take a final decision "if
at all there is a conflict", Chacko said.
The Speaker, who is the only person having authority to
adjudicate in such matters, heard both Chacko and Joshi and
her decision is awaited.

After the first meeting of the 30-member JPC on March
24, Chacko had complained to the Speaker that PAC could be
encroaching upon its turf in the probe in 2G Spectrum scam and
sought her intervention.


First Published: Friday, April 1, 2011 - 20:44

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