Joshi refuses to join issue with Chacko

Joshi refuses to join issue with Chacko

"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 complex.

He was reacting to questions on what he felt about Chacko's suggestion that PAC should confine itself to looking into the CAG report on 2-G spectrum allocation.

Joshi has always maintained that PAC had wide-ranging powers which go beyond examining just the CAG reports on various issues.

This had earlier caused some heartburn in BJP itself as his "proactive" approach to the 2-G issue was being seen within the party as weakening the fight for formation of JPC.

The Parliament Accounts Committee, headed by the BJP leader, had 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 politicians.

The PAC is also set to call for examination Radia as also senior journalists whose conversations figure in the tapes.

The formation of the JPC last month brought down the curtains on a three-month deadlock in Parliament between the government and the Opposition, which latched on to a CAG report on alleged irregularities in 2G spectrum allocations and pegged the presumptive loss to the national exchequer at Rs 1.76 lakh crore.