JPC probe in 2G scam necessary: CPI

The CPI has said the Opposition demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

Updated: Feb 06, 2011, 15:40 PM IST

Nagpur: The CPI has said the Opposition demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the 2G spectrum allocation scam was justified and the UPA Government should find out a formula to pave the way for setting up the MPs` panel and end the deadlock in Parliament.

"The onus of running Parliament is on the Government. The way CBI`s preliminary investigation has indicted former Telecom Minister A Raja and bureaucrats, JPC would be an appropriate agency to look into the spectrum policy, may be since the NDA regime," CPI General Secretary AB Bardhan told a news agency in an interview.

He said there are also many more important issues to be discussed in Parliament like rise in prices of essential commodities and contradictory statements by responsible
persons in the Government and bureaucracy, including Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

Bardhan, while criticising Ahluwalia for his statement that inflation will be under control by March, wondered since when economists have become fortune tellers.

Criticising main Opposition BJP, the veteran Communist leader said the track record of the saffron outfit in nailing those involved in corruption and scandals was not good.

The Left is not averse to a thorough probe into the 2G spectrum scam covering both NDA and UPA regimes, the 85-year-old CPI leader said.

Bardhan slammed Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal for his criticism of CAG, which has pegged the 2G scam loss at a staggering Rs 1.76 lakh crore.

Sibal had rejected CAG estimates of loss and said the figure quoted by the auditing body "had no basis and was utterly erroneous".

"I don`t think Sibal can make such statements against CAG without the knowledge and blessing of higher ups in the Government and the (Congress) party," Bardhan maintained.

The Congress-led UPA Government lacks political will and courage to tackle corruption, he said.

The CPI leader rejected the Government`s criticism of the Opposition parties over the JPC demand issue, saying there was no point in blaming them.

"The Government must give up its ill-conceived and illogical arguments and constitute a JPC, which will be anyway, headed by a Congress MP."

Bardhan said if the Prime Minister is ready to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) headed by a BJP MP (Murli Manohar Joshi), why is he reluctant to accept the JPC

Citing examples of Tunisia and Egypt, which have seen large-scale anti-Government demonstrations, he said people there are reacting against policies. The Indian Government
should not allow such things to happen here.