In a stormy meeting of the panel on Tuesday, PAC chairman Murli Manohar Joshi was heckled by Congress members as he made yet another attempt to table a report on the 2G spectrum scam, after it had been returned by Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar. Constitutional experts will now be consulted in finding a way forward.
The DMK stance showed its widening distance with the Congress. Joshi's report puts former telecom minister A Raja and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's office in the dock.
As the meeting of the newly constituted PAC got underway, Joshi read out the speaker's letter and tried to table the report. Joshi's rationale was that the speaker had returned the report saying it was incomplete as it had not been circulated among members. Joshi said his attempt was to complete that work, said a source.
At this, PAC members from the United Progressive Alliance flared up. Congress members objected to this and said there was no point in tabling the report since it had been sent back by the speaker and a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) was already inquiring into the matter, said a source, adding this triggered a debate on whether the report should be tabled or not.
Surprisingly, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which had supported the Congress members in the last PAC where the report was not allowed to be circulated, appeared inimical to the party. Along with the DMK, it demanded that if one has to adopt the report then it must be discussed, and hence discussion should be allowed.
Congress members also objected to the fact that Joshi had mentioned the misbehaviour by Congress members of the previous committee in his report. They were pacified after it was explained to them that some misbehaviour had actually occurred, said a source.