Govt faces heat from Oppn over IPL, may set up JPC

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New Delhi, Apr 23: Facing the heat from the Opposition, the government may further tighten the noose on the Indian Premier League (IPL) as it has not ruled out setting up of Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe into the alleged financial impropriety.

Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, who is also the Leader of the Lok Sabha, told the house on Friday, Apr 23 that the government is open to option of setting up JPC probe.

He, however, stressed that the decision on the JPC will be taken only after 'due diligence'.

“It (a decision on JPC) is to be taken after due diligence and consideration. It cannot be like instant coffee or instant consideration," he said in the Lok Sabha on Friday, Apr 23.

Mukerjee's statement came in response to Opposition's demand for JPC.

“I will communicate your sentiments to the Prime Minister. As and when the government takes a decision, we will come to Parliament. Let us wait for some time," he added.

The IPL row rocked Lok Sabha as the Opposition persistently demanded for a probe into the controversy which is grown bigger by the day.

“The whole issue (of IPL) should be probed. The Leader of the House had said they are ready to probe. We feel investigating agencies will not be able to bring the truth to the fore. From day one of the episode, we have demanded that JPC be constituted to look into this," Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj said.

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