Desirable that PAC withdraws suo motu from 2G probe: Chacko

Thrissur: Threatening escalation of the turf war with the Public Accounts Committee, JPC chairman on 2G spectrum scam PC Chacko on Monday said he may be compelled to ask BJP leaders Jaswant Singh and Yashwant Sinha to withdraw from proceedings and wanted the PAC to back out from the spectrum probe suo motu.

If former ministers like Singh and Sinha were allowed to continue, Chacko said he would be compelled to ask them to keep off the meeting when issues concerning their tenure come up for discussions.

On the continuance of the former BJP ministers in the JPC, Chacko said he had communicated his views on this question to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.

"It was within the powers of the Speaker to take a decision in this matter and that would be final," he said.

Chacko, who has been strongly opposed to PAC spreading its enquiry into the spectrum scam beyond the CAG findings, also said that it would be "desirable" for the PAC headed by BJP leader Murali Manohar Joshi to withdraw suo motu from the spectrum investigation.

All the opposition parties had unanimously demanded the formation of the JPC on the matter arguing that PAC inquiry would not be effective to unearth all the details.

The Opposition had aborted an entire session of Parliament pressing for the constitution of the JPC to look into the matter even when the PAC investigations were going on, he said.

"If the PAC withdrew from the probe on its own, it would help avoid duplication of looking into the same subject by two panels," he said.

He said inquiry by two agencies into the same subject would also amount to violation parliamentary rules and procedures.

Chacko said the JPC probe on 2G spectrum allocation scam with specific terms of reference was unanimously endorsed by Parliament and a parallel probe into the same subject was to be avoided.

The dominant view among JPC members was that PAC's domain was limited to look into the reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General but the latter had transgressed its limit by looking into issues of 'telecom licence policy', Chacko said.