Sibal's remarks have hurt the CAG: PAC to write to President
January, 13th 2011
Upset over Kapil Sibal's attack on the CAG, the Public Accounts Committee will protest to both the President and Lok Sabha Speaker against his 'impropriety'.
The PAC, which is scrutinizing the CAG report on loss of revenue due to undervaluing of spectrum, unanimously ruled that Sibal's criticism of the auditor was "improper" and had breached the privilege of Parliament.
PAC chairman Murli Manohar Joshi said on Wednesday that the 22-member committee felt Sibal's attack of the CAG audit was "against propriety".
"The sense of the committee was that the standing of the PAC and CAG has been affected," Joshi said.
In Wednesday's meeting of the PAC, its first since Sibal lashed out at the auditor, the matter was raised by Joshi himself. He was supported by members of the non-UPA parties.
Joshi endorsed the argument of members that being a Parliament committee, PAC enjoys the same privileges as the House itself.
The rules of the House prohibit any comment in public by a government functionary on a matter under consideration of the House and the PAC. Thus, Sibal's running down of the CAG may appear to be in conflict with the rule book.