Chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on 2G spectrum issue P C Chacko on Monday came under more attack from the Opposition with BJPs Yashwant Sinha and Ravi Shankar Prasad moving notices in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha for a breach of privilege motion against him,alleging that he leaked the panels draft report.
The DMK sought his removal and its leader T R Baalu demanded that issue be referred to the privilege committee. The Opposition is gearing up to corner Chacko when the JPC meets on Thursday to consider and adopt the report. Sources said the parties are in talks to adopt a common strategy,which includes rejecting the report altogether.
The way the JPC draft report was made public by none other than the JPC chairman himself in order to condemn the NDA regime and hold us guilty is a case in point that they are playing pure politics. We have given a notice of breach of privilege against the JPC chairman, Sinha said. Baalu wrote to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar saying the draft report reached the media even before JPC members. This is nothing but gross negligence of the office of the JPC under its chairman which amounts to breach of privilege. The entire responsibility lies on the chairman of the JPC and this serious lapse needs to be referred to the committee on privilege, he said. We will ask for Chackos removal as he has lost the confidence of members, Baalu said. He said DMK members in the committee would submit dissent notes.
Since Chacko is a member of the Lok Sabha,Sinhas letter to the Speaker takes on him directly,while Prasad talks about circumstantial evidence regarding the JPC report leak,pointing fingers at the office of the JPC chairman. Prasad is said to have argued that the JPC was constituted by a resolution of Parliament and both Houses were its custodians and thus the chairman should fix responsibility for leak.