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JPC: Pranab against PM appearing before PAC

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may have offered to appear before the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam, but Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee believes he should not do so.

According to Pranab, the Prime Minister should not appear before any committee as he is responsible only to the Parliament.

The PM made the offer to appear before the PAC after the Opposition led by the BJP didn’t let the Parliament function for almost the entire Winter Session, to press for their demand of setting up a JPC probe into the 2G scam.

The government constantly refused to set up a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to look into the accusations of corruption in the 2G spectrum allocation when A Raja was the telecom minister.

Pranab on Sunday also trashed all claims that the government did not take steps against corruption.

“We have already ordered a probe into 2G controversy,” he said.

Raja’s resignation from the post of telecom minister as well as the PM’s offer have both failed to cut ice with the BJP-led NDA which continues to insist on a JPC probe.

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