JPC versus PAC: Joshi wants Chacko to write to him, he agrees
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
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
"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 ...as 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