PAC may not call A-G or CAG

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) may not summon the Attorney-General and the Comptroller and Auditor-General over the public auditor’s report on the Rafale deal, as a majority of the members, even those from the Opposition parties, do not favour the proposal by its Chairman, Mallikarjun Kharge. Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Friday that the Supreme Court cited, in its verdict, a CAG report submitted to the PAC, but no such report was given. On Saturday, Mr. Kharge said he would request all members of the committee to summon the two officials to find out when the report was tabled in Parliament. Senior BJD MP Bhartuhari Mahtab said the PAC Chairman could call them in his personal capacity, but not before the entire committee as the Rafale deal was not part of its agenda for 2018-19. The CAG report was not placed before the committee, he said. Mr. Mahtab said the remarks of the two officials could not be recorded if they were called in the personal capacity of a member. TDP MP C.M. Ramesh said that if the members wished, the committee might call them, but only after the report was tabled in Parliament. The NDA MPs are opposed to the idea. In the 22-member committee, the BJP has 12 MPs, and its allies Shiv Sena and SAD have one each. The Congress has three members, including Mr. Kharge.

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