The committee would take an ‘appropriate decision at an appropriate time’, Panel head Murli Manohar Joshi said.
The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was not impressed by the prime minister’s offer and insisted on its demand for a joint parliamentary committee probe. The Congress hit back, saying the PAC was chaired by a BJP leader and the opposition party should demand a JPC only if it didn’t believe in Joshi’s abilities.
The prime minister Monday followed on his assurance to the Congress plenary a week ago and wrote to the PAC chairman conveying his willingness to appear before it in connection with the 2G spectrum scandal. He said in his letter that there was no precedent for the prime minister appearing before a PAC, but he was ready to do so.
‘To the best of my knowledge, the PAC takes evidence from the secretaries of the departments concerned or the heads of departments or the public sector undertakings,’ Manmohan Singh wrote in his letter to Joshi.
The prime minister said his office has provided the relevant documents sought by the PAC on the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG)’s report into the issue of licences and allocation of 2G spectrum.
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