PAC may submit 2G report in monsoon session of Parliament

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New Delhi, Feb 13 (PTI) Parliament''s Public AccountsCommittee is expected to submit its report on the 2G spectrumallocation scam in the monsoon session, even if the governmentagrees to the Opposition demand to constitute a JointParliamentary Committee to probe the matter.

The PAC, headed by senior BJP leader Murli ManoharJoshi, is going ahead full steam with its process of examiningthe matter and is currently perusing the Shivraj V Patilreport on the 2G spectrum allocations, highly placed sourcessaid.

Justice Patil has submitted a 150-page report withannexures running into 1,300 pages to Telecom Minister KapilSibal recently.

The PAC is also examining about 1,400 documentssubmitted to it by the Prime Minister''s Office and is yet todecide whether to accept Prime Minister Manmohan Singh''s offerto appear before it.

"We will be able to decide on the Prime Minister''soffer only after examining all these papers," said a source inthe 15-member Committee.

"We have to check with Speaker Meira Kumar asministers can be summoned only with her consent," the sourcesaid, admitting that the situation was unique as the PrimeMinister himself had offered to appear before the PAC.

Meanwhile, PAC plans to call Cabinet Secretary K MChandrasekhar for giving evidence in connection with the 2Gallocation scam.

Time may also be running out for Joshi who took overas PAC Chairman on May 5, 2010 and his term may end before thereport is finalised. The nature of the report may also dependon the choice of his successor.

Sources close to Joshi said they are not very sure ofBJP giving him another term. The post of PAC chairman isallotted to the main opposition party.

A section of BJP leaders was unhappy over theenthusiasm Joshi had shown in examining the spectrumallocation scam, particularly when the party was making astrong pitch for a JPC.

"Examining 2G scam was not my decision. It began inJanuary 2010 when Gopinath Munde was the PAC Chairman. It wasten months after that the CAG submitted its report on thematter," Joshi told PTI-Bhasha.

He said the PAC has the right to take suo-motucognizance of any matter and Munde had exercised that rightafter seeing media reports on the alleged irregularities in 2Gspectrum allocations.

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