New Delhi: Putting aside the rejection of the draft report on 2G scam by UPA members, PAC Chairman Murli Manmohar Joshi on Saturday submitted the report to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and insisted that it should be tabled in Parliament.

Hours after he sent the report to the Speaker's office on the last day of tenure of the current PAC, he dismissed the UPA members' claim that the report had been rejected.

"I have submitted the report... My expectation is that the Speaker should accept it and place it in Parliament," he said addressing a press conference.

Terming as ‘unconstitutional’ the claim that 11 MPs of the 21-member committee had ‘rejected’ the report, he said such a possibility does not exist till the report is ‘read’ by members and ‘discussed’ in a detailed way .

"It is wrong to say that 11 members have rejected (the report). It is unconstitutional," he maintained about the report which was sharply critical of the Prime Minister, PMO and the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram among others.

The veteran BJP leader accused the government of trying to subvert the functioning of a PAC and questioned whether a Constitutionally-empowered Parliamentary panel should work on any party lines.

Expressing anger over the happenings in the Committee on April 15 and on Thursday, he claimed that witnesses were told by the ruling side members not to answer questions.

He alleged that on Thursday, during the last meeting of the Committee, ministers were passing on ‘chits’ and ‘calling up’ PAC members to speak and behave in a particular manner.

Replying to a question, Joshi said he would wait for a decision from the Lok Sabha Speaker on whether the report had been ‘adopted’ adding , "Her view will be final."

Tracing the 'problems' in the functioning of the committee, Joshi said trouble started when a decision was taken to call top officials of the PMO, Cabinet Secretary, Attorney General and CBI Director for questioning.

"It was all fine till April 4 meeting. The Chairman was fine, knowledgeable, impartial and reliable. There was an argument that there was no need for JPC when PAC was working. Even the Prime Minister was ready to appear before the PAC," he said, in an apparent reference to the arguments put forward by the ruling side when a JPC was being demanded.

"Today, PAC's report will be thrown into the dustbin, tomorrow Parliament's proposals will be thrown into the dustbin and then Supreme Court orders will be thrown into the dustbin. How far will this go?.. You can comment on the reports, there is scope for improving it," he said.

He suggested that the ruling party created trouble as it did not want the Prime Minister's name to be mentioned.

To a question, he said, "I have not given clean chit to anybody...The Prime Minister remained a mute spectator (on 2G scam)."

Joshi, who has headed the PAC on an earlier occasion too, underlined the point that the Parliamentary Committees generally function beyond party lines.

Defending his action of calling witnesses from diverse fields in connection with the 2G scam probe, Joshi said it was the duty of the PAC to ‘trace and examine the way the money of common man is spent’.

Asked why former Telecom Minister A Raja, the main accused in the scam, was not called by the PAC, he said there was no time to call him as he is in jail and procedures would have taken long while the term of the present committee was coming to an end on Saturday.

(Agencies)