JPC-PAC turf war: Heads of Committees meet Speaker

New Delhi: The turf war between the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on 2G Spectrum probe on Friday reached Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar with heads of the two committees meeting her and presenting their points of view to her.

During the meeting with the Speaker, JPC Chief P C Chacko argued that the PAC should confine to examining the CAG report while PAC Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi countered it saying he could not go back as he had started the probe much before constituting the JPC, sources said.

When contacted, Chacko told PTI, "There was a consensus in the JPC meeting that PAC might be holding a probe parallel to JPC by going beyond its specific mandate. Thats why we decided to approach the Speaker."

He said both he and Joshi made representation before the Speaker that two Parliamentary committees producing two different reports on same issue would not be a "healthy parliamentary convention."

Now, it is for the Speaker to take a final decision "if at all there is a conflict", Chacko said.

The Speaker, who is the only person having authority to adjudicate in such matters, heard both Chacko and Joshi and her decision is awaited.

After the first meeting of the 30-member JPC on March 24, Chacko had complained to the Speaker that PAC could be encroaching upon its turf in the probe in 2G Spectrum scam and sought her intervention.