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Raja, Kalmadi made Parl panel members, Cong sees no wrong


Kalmadi and Raja
New Delhi, Oct 4: Former Union minister A Raja, the main accused in the 2G spectrum scam, and Suresh Kalmadi, an accused in the Commonwealth Games scam, have been made members of two separate Parliamentary Standing Committees.

Raja, who represents the DMK in the Lok Sabha, has been nominated to the Standing Committee on Energy. Kalmadi, Congress member of the Lok Sabha, has been nominated to the Standing Committee on External Affairs.

The Parliamentary Standing Committees examine the bills and give suggestions to the proposed legislations related to the ministries concerned.

Raja, who was arrested in connection with the 2G scam on Feb 2 last year, is on bail since May 15 this year. Kalmadi also spent about nine months in jail before being released on bail on Jan 19 this year.

DMK MP Kanimozhi, who was also accused in some cases related to the 2G spectrum allocation, has been nominated to the Standing Committee on Home Affairs.

In the reconstitution of various Committees, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi has been made a member of the Standing Committee on Finance headed by BJP leader Yashwant Sinha. Earlier, he was a member of the Committee on HRD.

The reconstitution of the Committees also saw DMK's Tiruchi Siva being made the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Industry, while BSP's Brajesh Pathak has been made the Chairman on the Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare.

BSP leader Dara Singh Chauhan, who chaired the Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment, has been shifted to the Committee on Labour. Congress member Hemananda Biswal will be the new Chairman of the Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment.

Independent MP Madhu Koda, who is in Ranchi jail in connection with money laundering cases, has not been made a member of any committee.

Meanwhile, the Congress said there is nothing wrong in making Raja and Kalmadi members of Parliamentary Standing Committees. "It is the right of a member of Parliament to be on a Committee, whatever may be charges or allegations. The members are not nominated by their party," party spokesman PC Chacko told reporters. He heads the Privileges Committee of the Lok Sabha.


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