JPC-PAC war: Chacko meets Speaker with complaint
New Delhi: JPC Chief PC Chacko on Friday
approached Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar with a complaint that
Public Accounts Committee (PAC) could be encroaching upon its
turf in the probe in 2G Spectrum scam and sought her
He also brought to her notice questions raised by some
JPC members over presence of certain members on account of
conflict of interest, considering that they had been ministers
in previous governments and hence part of decision-making on
telecom policy, sources told PTI.
Chacko, a senior Congress leader, met the Speaker a day
after the first meeting of the 30-member JPC, during which
these two issues dominated the proceedings.
Chacko is understood to have conveyed to the Speaker
that the members of JPC were of the view that PAC might be
holding a probe parallel to JPC by going beyond its specific
mandate of looking into financial aspects of 2G Spectrum
allocation highlighted by CAG, the sources said.
The matter will now be decided by the Speaker.
Chacko has maintained that there was no clash between
him and Joshi but was only raising a point of propriety.
He had said yesterday that members of the JPC were
"unanimous" that parallel probe by two committees of
Parliament inquiring into the same issue was "avoidable" and
"not good" as "the final reports (of the two committees) could
be same and could also differ".
Joshi, on the other hand, was unrelenting as he
maintained that PAC's powers went beyond the CAG report and
overlapping could not be ruled out.
During the meeting with the Speaker, Chacko also
requested her to decide on continuance in the JPC of some
members who had been ministers between 1998 and 2008 as it
could be a matter of conflict of interests, the sources said.
The period between 1998 and 2008 is under scrutiny for
framing and implementation of the telecom policy.
During Yesterday's meeting, members of the Congress,
Trinamool Congress and Left had raised questions over presence
of BJP leaders Jaswant Singh and Yashwant Sinha in the JPC,
pointing out that in the NDA government, they were ministers
and part of Group of Ministers which dealt with the telecom
policy, the sources said.
There were questions as to how Sinha and Singh could sit
on judgement on an issue of which they were a part.
Meanwhile, sources said the next meeting of the JPC will
be held on May 18, a delay which is on account of the Assembly
elections in five states as members of the committee would be
Chacko has been saying that he would try to give the
report by the end of Monsoon session of Parliament.