2G spectrum scam: Pandemonium in Rajya Sabha over tabling of JPC report

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Dec 16 2013, 02:56am hrs
2g spectrum scamBJP's Yashwant Sinha, Gopinath Munde and CPI's Gurudas Dasgupta talking to media on 2G spectrum scam JPC report during ongoing winter session at Parliament house. PTI
Pandemonium was witnessed in the Rajya Sabha today as the JPC report on 2G spectrum scam was tabled, with Opposition alleging that the "substance" of the dissent notes had been altered in the document which gave a clean chit to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The controversial 2G spectrum scam report was tabled by Congress member Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu after Deputy Chairman P J Kurien ruled that the Terms of Reference contained in the motion of the JPC had no provision which permits a discussion on its report adopted duly by the committee.

Members of BJP, Left, TMC and other parties vociferously opposed the tabling of the 2G spectrum scam report.

Deputy Leader of BJP Ravishankar Prasad, who was a member of the 30-member JPC, raised a point of order to allege that his dissent note had been altered and wondered whether the matter should not be debated in the House.

Quoting a rule from Article 105 of the Constitution, he said he had the right to administer a note of dissent as a member of the panel.

"I had given a strong dissent note...the guilty have been left...the report should not be tabled," Prasad said.

Strongly backing his colleague on the issue, Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley said he invites a ruling from the Chair whether the Chairman of a Parliamentary panel can delete only some unparliamentary words or "can alter the substance of the dissent note given by a member."

"Substance of the dissent note given by members of the House has been altered by the Chairman. Please give us a ruling. Whether it is permissible," he said.

The Chair, however, allowed laying of the report saying a discussion on the issue cannot be allowed.

Kurien said that while the Leader of the Opposition has raised a "valid point", the Chair is unable to make any comment as it has not seen or read the report.

As BJP members trooped into the Well raising slogans of "Shame, Shame," Kurien adjourned the House till 2 PM.

Soon after the House was adjourned, BJP member Purushottam Khodabhai Rupala went to Secretary General of the Rajya Sabha Shumsher K Sheriff asking how the Chair read out the ruling from a written statement soon after his party raised a point of order.

"How was it written Who wrote it and gave it to him Let us have a JPC on it," he said in a lighter vein. He asked Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla whether it was he who had written it.

As soon as the Chair asked Rapolu to lay the report, members from BJP stood up and were supported by members from the Left, Trinanmool Congress, DMK and AIADMK and others.

AIADMK member V Maitreyan was seen tearing a piece of paper and throwing it in the House as Rapolu began laying the report.

The report was yesterday tabled in the Lok Sabha by JPC Chairperson P C Chacko after Speaker Meira Kumar disallowed any debate on the issue at the presentation stage during Zero Hour.

Apart from giving a clean chit to the Prime Minister, it rubbishes the loss figure of Rs 1.76 lakh crore estimated by CAG, saying it was "ill-conceived".

Opposition members in the JPC have termed it as a "bundle of contradictions".

JPC report on 2G a 'fraud': BJP

BJP today said the JPC report on the 2G scam was a "fraud" and an attempt in hiding the truth.

Party's Deputy Leader in Rajya Sabha, Ravi Shankar Prasad also objected to the manner in which the report was allowed to be tabled in Lok Sabha yesterday.

"The way the JPC report was tabled in Lok Sabha.... It is a fraud report. After all the documents, attempts have been made to bury the truth. And yesterday our leaders like Yashwant Sinha and Gopinath Munde raised the issue with all due seriousness," he said.

Speaker Meira Kumar had not allowed any interventions while the report was tabled, saying this was not permissible under the rules.

CPI leader Gurusdas Dasgupta said it was incorrect on part of the Speaker to not allow the opposition to raise its objections. Sinha had also objected to it.