New Delhi: Though M M Joshi, chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC), might have submitted the report of the committee on 2G scam to Lok Sabha Speaker despite protests from a majority of PAC members, the report is likely to face another roadblock in the form of Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC).

Wading through a series of controversies, the PAC last week submitted its investigation report on 2G to Meira Kumar, but the JPC formed to investigate the same scam is still probing the case.

Under such circumstances, the onus now lies on the Speaker to adjudicate whether to allow tabling of PAC report in Parliament or to wait till the JPC panel completes its investigation and comes up with its findings.

Inquiry by two parliamentary panels on the same issue has brought things to such a pass, and in the absence of clear rules in this connection, a lot now depends on the decision of the Speaker.
However, the Speaker appears to be in no hurry to decide upon the draft report of PAC.

According to sources, considering the ongoing conflict between the two panels over the domain of the two probes on the telecom scandal, Kumar can keep the PAC report in abeyance until the JPC submits its report.

Although, Kumar has tried to defer a new controversy by re-appointing Murli Manohar Joshi as PAC chairman, this would not end the conflict. Two different reports by PAC and JPC on the same issue may create further problems.

Meanwhile, the BJP is maintaining a silence over the issue as the JPC was formed over its demand and has therefore left the issue to be decided by the Speaker.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari, on the other hand said, “The PAC report is a past lesson now.”

The Congress and government have clearly stated that the PAC report has already been rejected by the majority in the Committee.

JPN/Bureau