No reason cited to return PAC report on 2G: Joshi

No reason cited to return PAC report on 2G: Joshi

PAC Chairperson Murli Manohar Joshi today said Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar had given ''no reason'' for returning the committee's report on 2G scam and maintained that the document would now be presented to the new parliamentary panel to decide its fate.

Asked if the Speaker had cited any reasons for returning the report submitted by him, Joshi said, "No reason was given."

He refused to speak further on the communication he received from the Speaker along with the report, saying the details will come out when the matter comes up before the new PAC.

Joshi, who is also the chairperson of the new PAC that came into existence on May 1, 2011, said it was not the end of the matter as far as the report is concerned.

"The 2G report which has been returned by the Speaker will be kept in front of the new PAC and it will then decide what should be done," Joshi said.

He was non-committal on whether the Committee would opt for resorting to voting to decide the next course of action.

Joshi still insisted that it was a "PAC report" and not just his report. He, however, maintained that what should be done with the report was the "prerogative of the Speaker" and she had chosen to return it.

The ruling UPA, along with SP and BSP which had sided with it during the controversial last meeting of the previous PAC, is in a majority in the new PAC as well.

This is likely to result in another sparring session between the UPA members and the opposition in the PAC as Congress members have indicated that they would not allow the new panel to take up the 2G spectrum allocation scam as a Parliamentary Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) is already looking into it.

While many even within the BJP feel this is the end of the matter as far as the PAC report on 2G scam is concerned, Joshi appears game for one last battle.

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