JPC versus PAC: Joshi wants Chacko to write to him, he agrees
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 23:37
New Delhi: With JPC Chairman P C Chacko raising questions over the scope of PAC's inquiry into 2G case, its chief Murli Manohar Joshi on Wednesday asked him to write to him directly, a suggestion which was readily accepted.

"Mr Chacko is a senior and seasoned member of Parliament. And if he has any suggestions or observations to make about the PAC he should better write to us. I will take into consideration when such a communication reaches me," Joshi told reporters outside Parliament.

The BJP leader was responding when asked to comment on Chacko's contention that PAC (Public Accounts Committee) had exceeded its mandate and was holding a parallel inquiry to what the JPC (Joint Parliamentary Committee) is supposed to do.

Chacko had suggested that the PAC should confine itself to examining the accounting irregularities highlighted by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).

Chacko, a senior Congress leader, immediately accepted Joshi's suggestion.

"Definitely I will write to him. It is a good suggestion. I take it in true spirit," the JPC chief said while reacting to Joshi's comments.

Asked whether he still maintained that there was no need of "parallel probe", Chacko said, "that probably, he (Joshi) also understands that. That's why he said he will not deny what I have said. He only said that I should write to him. That is in the right spirit. We will write to him."

He said the committee will discuss "the correct perspective" of the mandate of the PAC and the duty entrusted to JPC in its first meeting on March 24.

"He (Joshi) also understands what I have said. The only thing is that procedurally whether I should make a statement outside or write," Chacko said, adding "he (Joshi) is right and I will definitely write to him."

Asked whether he was accepting that his statement to the media was a mistake, Chacko said, "It is not a mistake. When you ask me what am I going to do, I have to react. I did not hold any press conference. I did not do any briefing or anything. Some press friends asked me, I gave my opinion."

"At the same time Joshi feels a seasoned Parliamentarian...he is right... and if he feels that I should have written to him, I will not delay. I will write to him today itself," he added.

The PAC has called for deposition a journalist who wrote on 2G spectrum scam and editors of magazines which published the transcripts of telephonic conversations of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia with industrialists, journalists and politicians.


First Published: Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 23:37

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