The MPs of ruling party have stalled the functioning of Public Accounts Committee (PAC), probing the 2G scam, raising question over the rights of the panel to summon witnesses. It clearly indicates that they are not ready to let the committee work properly. Before JPC was constituted to probe the 2G scam, the ruling party, particularly the Congress, gave its rationale that there was no need of further committee if PAC was already in place, but lo and behold the same Congress is now putting a spoke in the PAC’s wheel. It is disappointing that JPC chief PC Chacko wants PAC to stop probing the 2G scam, while Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar scrapped Chacko’s logic. As the Congress and DMK MPs recently disrupted the functioning of PAC by putting irrational points, it hardly seems that the panel will complete its job in the stipulated time. They did not let the CBI Director and the Attorney General depose before the committee, citing the reason that matter is subjudice. The Congress and DMK leaders also put across point that they did not study the concerned documents. When work has to be purposefully hindered by making unwarranted excuses, it is difficult for PAC to reach a conclusion on time, which will batter the image of the Congress that has lost its popularity in the wake of myriad scams and scandals.

As the Congress is creating problems for PAC, it appears the JPC under the stewardship of PC Chacko will try to cover up the investigation of the 2G scam. Going by the attitude of the Congress, it is required that the PAC should probe the 2G scam more seriously. It is sad that the Congress is trying to water down the significance of PAC for its parochial interests. The Congress seems to have developed a habit of weakening constitutional institutions. When the CAG estimated a whopping Rs 1.76 lakh crore loss of exchequer in its report, the Congress leaders and even some ministers summarily rebuffed it. If the Congress MPs continue disrupting the functioning of PAC, the panel is unlikely to finish its job till April 30 and it will take more time because some new faces will join the committee next month and they could start probing afresh.