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Chacko attacks Yashwant Sinha for letter to PM

JPC chairman PC Chacko on Tuesday hit out at BJP leader Yashwant Sinha for writing to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to appear before the panel examining the 2G spectrum scam, dubbing it as a ‘political stunt’ and against established ‘norms’.

‘How can a member of the JPC write a letter to the Prime Minister? It is for the committee to take a decision. It is only a political stunt and against norms of Parliamentary procedure,’ Chacko told responding to Sinha’s letter to Singh asking him to appear before the panel to clear his name.

He said Sinha’s letter has ‘no relevance’ as decisions including calling a minister have to be taken by the committee and ‘not individuals.’

When pointed that Sinha has asked the Prime Minister to volunteer himself as a witness before JPC, Chacko said, ‘even if the Prime Minister wants he cannot appear before the JPC. That’s the norm which applies to all of us.’ The JPC chief said Sinha cannot cite the example of the Prime Minister’s willingness to appear before Public Accounts Committee when it was examining the CAG report on 2G scam.

‘Despite the PM’s willingness to appear before PAC, why was he not called? Sinha ji should ask this question to the PAC Chairman (Murli Manohar Joshi),’ he said.
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