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Updated: January 22, 2011 02:26 IST

Joshi complains to Speaker

Neena Vyas
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PAC chairman and BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi has requested Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to ensure that the authority of the PAC and the CAG is not impinged upon by Ministers. File photo
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PAC chairman and BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi has requested Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to ensure that the authority of the PAC and the CAG is not impinged upon by Ministers. File photo

The Public Accounts Committee could take up the Prime Minister's offer to appear before it only after examining the 4000 documents it has received from the Prime Minister's Office, mostly correspondence between the PMO and the Department of Telecommunications from 2004 to 2011.

Talking to journalists here on Friday, PAC Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi said he wrote to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on January 19, asking whether Communications Minister Kapil Sibal's critical remarks on the CAG report on 2G spectrum allocation earlier this month were made “with the knowledge and permission of the Prime Minister?”

If the answer to that question was “yes,” then all the inquiries initiated into spectrum allocation — the CBI investigation under Supreme Court's supervision, the CAG report and the PAC's work would become “infructuous,” he wrote. In fact such a situation would have a deleterious effect on the health of democracy, the letter said.

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