New Delhi: Congress on Thursday said the Supreme Court`s remarks questioning the delay on the part of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in deciding on sanction of prosecution of former Telecom Minister A Raja were not "a stricture by any stretch of imagination".
"It is not a stricture by any stretch of imagination...the Supreme Court has merely asked for a clarification and the government has said that since the court wants it on an affidavit, it will be filed," Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari told reporters here.
Tiwari used the opportunity to counter BJP leader LK Advani`s statement that it was the first time the apex court has made an observation about the PM or the PMO.
"If I do remember correctly, when MK Bezbaruah was the director of the Enforcement Directorate and he was transferred, the Supreme Court had made quite an observation...if I remember correctly, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister...subsequently, that transfer was reversed," he said.
Quoting various sections of CrPC, the Congress spokesman said Janata party leader Subramanian Swamy had not filed any complaint in any court and therefore the question of granting sanction does not arise.
"When a complaint is filed and the court finds it worth proceeding with, question of sanction only arises then", he said adding it was upto the government to file an affidavit and explain its stand before the apex court.
The party made a counter-attack on BJP accusing it of "preaching morality" when the enitre Council of Ministers in party-ruled Karnataka has turned "land mafia."
"The BJP is creating uproar in Parliament from day one of the monsoon session to cover up the acts of Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddiurappa, the controversial Reddy brothers, Sudhanshu Mittal and Sancheti", he said.
He said Congress was ready for a debate on the issue of performance of the Karnataka Chief Minister vis-a-vis Congress Chief Ministers and the should be ready for a similar debate on Telecom Ministers of NDA vis-a-vis UPA.
On BJP`s demand for Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into 2G Spectrum, Adarash Housing and Commonwealth Games scams, he said opposition parties have "failed" to explain what value addition a JPC could do.
This was because several agencies were already engaged in probing the three issues, he said.