New Delhi: The draft report of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the 2G scam is all set to witness opposition from the DMK and Congress members. While PAC Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi wants to submit the report on 2G probe without calling former Telecom Minister A Raja, other members of the committee have demanded that the former minister should be called for questioning.

However, Joshi is rigid on finalizing the report so that it can be tabled before the committee on April 28 for approval.  Congress has questioned the haste being shown by Joshi in finalizing the report.

"When JPC is there, what is the need for such hurry? Why PAC can’t leave it on to JPC? Is it also a result of the internal one-upmanship in the BJP?" asked party spokesperson Manish Tewari.

Meanwhile, Joshi has defended his stand stating that calling Raja to appear before the PAC would become a long process as Raja is in jail and it would require lots of legal formalities.

 “Committee can draw conclusions about the scam without questioning Raja by perusal of records and statements of witnesses who have deposed before the panel,” Joshi said.

 In a letter to the members of PAC, Joshi wrote: “Congress and DMK raised the demand for calling Raja before the PAC very late. Now it is impossible to call the former Telecom Minister.”

Congress and DMK are likely to challenge the report when the committee meets on April 28.

According to sources, while the PAC is likely to praise Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s offer to appear before it, the report would not spare the Prime Minister Office (PMO) from indictment. However, there is no unanimity among the opposition members when it comes to taking a stand on the role of PM. While some of the members want to raise questions on his role, others want to indict only the PMO.

 

JPN/Bureau