Chacko defends JPC report on 2G

Defending the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) report on 2G scam, panel chief P C Chacko on Wednesday said he had followed due procedure in adopting the document and gave members sufficient time to raise objections to the draft.

Against the backdrop of oppposition parties terming the Joint Parliamentary Committee report on 2G scam a “fraud”, Chacko said in a statement that he followed all procedures during the adoption of the report.

BJP leader and JPC member Yashwant Sinha has suggested moving a “no confidence” against Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar for not allowing opposition members speak on the issue when the report was tabled in the Lower House on Monday.

He also said while rules governing standing committees do now allow dissent notes, he gave members sufficient time to file their dissent on the report.

“The draft Joint Parliamentary Committee report was circulated on April 18, 2013... Thereafter, it was taken up for consideration and adoption on September 27, 2013... During this period of five months, no member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee ever gave any notice of amendments to the draft report,” Chacko said.

Chacko said at the time of voting, no member raised any objection “to the manner of deciding and adopting the report and had voluntarily and willingly participated in the voting”.

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