Parliament’s Public Account Committee (PAC) has reportedly given a clean chit to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the 2G spectrum scam. Sources have told CNN-IBN that the PAC, headed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Murli Manohar Joshi, has given a clean chit to the Prime Minister, but the Prime Minister’s Office’s role is under scrutiny as it delayed in providing information to Manmohan Singh.
The PAC has reportedly come to the conclusion that the Prime Minister was not kept in the loop on 2G spectrum deal and has recommended that all 2G licenses should be scrapped.The PAC has also accepted the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) figure of Rs 1.76 lakh crore loss to the national exchequer due to the faulty allocation process of 2G spectrum adopted by the Telecom Ministry.
According to sources former telecom minister A Raja took undue advantage of the delay and by the time the fact was presented to the Prime Minister, the 2G spectrum licences had already been given out.
The PAC has also recommended that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) should be strengthened and all the future licences to be rolled out through TRAI.
The final report on 2G scam was circulated among the PAC members on Wednesday and the Committee will meet on Thursday to adopt the report.
( Update : 27th April / 9.50PM / Source : moneycontrol )