2G scam: Lok Sabha Speaker rejects opposition demand for removal of JPC chairman Chacko

Last Updated: Thu, May 02, 2013 08:56 hrs

New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Thursday rejected an opposition demand for removing P.C. Chacko, as the chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) that is probing various aspects of the 2G Spectrum allocation scandal.

Kumar urged members to sort out differences with Chacko.

She said it is necessary for Chacko and JPC members to sink their differences and present a report as mandated by Parliament.

In a letter to members of the opposition, Kumar said that it will be difficult to remove the chairman of any parliamentary panel in the absence of express provisions in the rules of business by which Parliament functions.

Fifteen JPC members of opposition parties have expressed "no confidence" in panel chairperson P.C. Chacko and have sought his removal by the Speaker on the 2G draft report, which gives a clean chit to the Prime Minister and the Home Minister.

Former Telecom Minister A. Raja had earlier last week lashed out at the JPC for not allowing him to depose before it, saying this is not the way the panel examining the 2G spectrum allocation is expected to function.

Raja, who has been accused of indulging in a scam worth Rs. 1.76 lakh crore when in office, has so far reiterated that he did everything in consultation with the Prime Minister, and said that he will prove his innocence in the 2G spectrum scam case.

Raja has repeatedly said that the Prime Minister and Finance Minister were in the loop over policy decisions related to 2G spectrum allocation.

Raja was forced to resign from the Union Cabinet after the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) faulted him for undervaluing spectrum to favour companies who were largely ineligible for 2G spectrum, and added that the government had probably lost Rs. 1.76 lakh crore in estimated revenue. 

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