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    Joshi submits PAC report on 2G to the Speaker

    New Delhi: PAC Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi on Saturday submitted the report on 2G spectrum issue to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.

    "I have submitted the PAC report to Lok Sabha Speaker," said Joshi after submitting the report.

    "On 4th April in a meeting it was agreed by all members of the PAC that this report will be submitted by month end. All documents, including classified documents were made available to the members," informed Joshi.

    "People have the right to know how government is spending the money...every government is accountable," said Joshi.

    "The Government is trying to protect those who are corrupt...All sorts of false allegations were leveled against me," he said.

    "Earlier even the Prime Minister was willing to appear before the PAC, but all that changed when PAC wanted to call all those who are close to the PM," he added.

    Hitting out at the UPA for trying to prevent the report submission, Joshi said, "First UPA ministers attacked CAG, now they are attacking the PAC".

    UPA members had accused Joshi of presenting a "one-sided" report with the "malafide" intention of destabilising the government. They demanded that he step down as PAC chairperson. A couple of members had accused Joshi of "outsourcing" the report, a charge they later withdrew.

    There were charges and counter-charges over leakage of the report among the PAC members from both sides.

    On Friday, a day after a chaotic meeting of the Parliament's PAC, Joshi, along with NDA, AIADMK, BJD and Left members explored the possibility of submitting the draft report before its term expires on Saturday.

    Joshi also examined various rules governing the functioning of the PAC before he took the call on submitting the draft report to the Speaker.

    A member of the committee pointed out that Joshi was "free" to submit the report to the Speaker's office even in her absence. She is on a tour to Arunachal Pradesh.

    Joshi has also gone through the objections raised by UPA members in Thursday's meeting.

    The UPA members, however, feel Joshi should not have submitted the report as it was not passed by the PAC. 11 members of the committee, belonging to the Congress, DMK, SP and BSP had "rejected" the draft report on Thursday.

    Congress MP K S Rao, a member of the Public Accounts Committee, on Friday said any attempt by panel Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi to present the report on the 2G spectrum scam to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar would amount to making a mockery of democratic institutions.

    (With additional information from PTI)