New Delhi, Jan 16 (Agencies): Moves are afoot to take the Congress' battle against the CAG on the 2G scam report to a new level with party MPs planning to table a privilege motion against the constitutional functionary.

"We are seriously examining whether a case of privilege can be made out against the CAG or not," sources in party said, a day after it unleashed an attack on the government auditor.
 
The party had yesterday taken a very serious note of the CAG's press release on Wednesday and wondered whether there was any rule in Parliament procedures prohibiting MPs from commenting on matters lying before a Parliamentary Committee.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity a senior party leader today said, "this (CAG's release) is breach of the privileges of an MP rather than the MPs reaction on CAG report being a contempt of Parliament."
 
The leader also recalled that JD-U MP Jainarain Nishad had also moved a privilege motion against the CAG and also some media organizations during the Winter session protesting the leaks of the report before it was tabled in Parliament.

But the motion was rejected by Speaker Meira Kumar as it was found that leak of a document was not a privilege issue.

Asked about Opposition's attack on Congress on "undermining" Constitutional bodies like CAG, the leader shot back saying "why those, who are now claiming to be the greatest defendants of CAG, did not ask then why Nishad filed a privilege motion against CAG."

The party leader also strongly justified Sibal's criticism of CAG findings and said "we should have done it earlier and we were late by two months in doing it."

At the AICC press briefig party yesterday, party spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan had taken strong exception to the CAG release counselling restraint on the part of MPs while commenting on its 2G spectrum report on the ground that it could be "improper" and could amount to contempt of Parliament..

"We are somewhat surprised and a little distressed because this seems to contain a suggestion that MPs do not have a right to speak on any issues when CAG report is being examined by a Parliamentary committtee....it was a very strong suggestion, she said.

Natarajan had also questioned how the CAG report got leaked to media well before it was tabled in Parliament.