2G spectrum scam report splits parliamentary panel


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New Delhi: Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was Thursday split down the middle with panel chief Murli Manohar Joshi walking out in anger as the ruling combine rejected the draft report on the 2G spectrum case, which the opposition vociferously backed it.

During the meeting at the Parliament House complex here, Congress and DMK members, supported by the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, moved a resolution that the draft report should be put to vote.

The ruling alliance members gave 11 votes in writing, exactly half of the 22-member panel. At this, Joshi, who is a leader of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), got angry, abruptly adjourned the meeting and walked out. Joshi had the support of members of the Shiv Sena, Janata Dal-United and the Biju Janata Dal.

Congress member Naveen Jindal said the chairman had not adjourned the meeting.

The remaining 11 members then appointed Saifuddin Soz as the acting chairman to preside over the meeting.

Soz, in his capacity as the acting chairman, got a resolution passed rejecting the report, Jindal said.

The BJP said that Joshi in his capacity as the chairman of the panel could still finalise the report and submit the report.