New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Monday extended till the Monsoon Session the time for submission of the report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) looking into 2G spectrum allocation.

The resolution in this regard was moved by JPC Chairman PC Chacko and was adopted unanimously. The term of the committee was scheduled to end on May 10. This is the fifth extension to the JPC set up in March, 2011.

The draft report, which blamed former telecom minister A Raja and cleared Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram of any wrongdoing in the allocation of spectrum, has divided the panel.

The JPC meeting on April 25 to finalise the draft report was postponed due to the death of Trinamool Congress MP Ambica Banerjee. A fresh date for the meeting is yet to be decided. The same day, 15 opposition members (including former UPA allies DMK and Trinamool Congress), wrote separate letters to the Speaker Meira Kumar alleging that they had "no confidence" in Chacko and he should be removed immediately.

In a counter attack, six Congress members also wrote to the Speaker seeking the removal of the BJP members - Yashwant Sinha, Jaswant Singh and Ravi Shankar Prasad - from the panel. They cited conflict of interest as all three were either ministers or part of group of ministers on telecom during the NDA rule from 1998-2004.

Last week, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar rejected both the demands and urged the members to sink their differences and adopt the report.


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