`PAC will take decision on PM`s offer after consultations`

PAC will take a decision on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s offer to appear before it in 2G spectrum issue after consulting legal experts, its Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi said on Friday.

New Delhi: PAC will take a decision on Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh`s offer to appear before it in 2G
spectrum issue after consulting legal experts, its Chairman
Murli Manohar Joshi said on Friday as he met Lok Sabha Speaker
Meira Kumar apparently to take her view on the issue.

A day after seeking to clear the doubts about his stand
on JPC amid BJP`s unease, Joshi insisted that he was not
fast-forwarding the probe by the Public Accounts Committee of
Parliament in 2G issue.
"The PAC cannot call a minister. It can call officials,
secretaries and individuals. But as I have made clear, the
Prime Minister`s case is different as he has himself offered
to appear. We will have to discuss the issue with the
constitutional experts before taking a decision," Joshi told
PTI.

His comments came even as he met the Speaker apparently
to discuss the issue.

According to rules and procedures governing the
functioning of Parliamentary committees, no minister can
appear before a Lok Sabha committee without prior sanction
from of the Speaker.

Asked about his statement expressing full commitment to
demand for JPC "as a member of the BJP", even while pursuing
PAC inquiry as its chairman, he maintained that there was no
contradiction between the two, saying they were "parallel
agencies" which could work simultaneously.

On report that he had been compelled by BJP President
Nitin Gadkari to issue a statement yesterday to clear doubts
with regard to his stand on JPC, the BJP veteran said nobody
had asked him to do so.
"(BJP President) Nitin Gadkari and I keep discussing
issues on the phone or when we meet. There is nothing much to
it. All these are wild speculations. I have always supported
the demand for a JPC probe to deal with the larger issues
corruption," Joshi said.

Joshi maintained that as PAC Chairperson he was only
doing his job and not working against the stand of his party.

"When I`m presiding over a committee which is selected
by the Parliament and functions as a committee of the
Parliament I`m the chairperson of the Committee," Joshi told
a private TV channel in an interview.

He insisted that as PAC Chairperson he has to ensure
that a consensus emerges.

"Outside PAC I`m a member of the BJP also," he said.

He dismissed reports of differences between him and the
party on the JPC issue as wild imaginations.

"I`ve not compromised anybody`s position nor embarrassed
anybody. The position has been consistent from day one. As PAC
Chairperson I`ve been discharging my duties and as the member
of the Opposition NDA I`ve been supporting the demand for JPC.
These two have no contradictions," he said.

PTI

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