October 4th, 2012

Kalmadi, Raja back on Parl panels

NEW DELHI: Countering the Opposition’s attack on the issue of Commonwealth Games scam accused Suresh Kalmadi and 2G case accused A Raja have been made members of Parliamentary Standing Committees, the Congress today said every Member of Parliament is entitled to be a member of a Parliamentary committee.
“As long as Kalmadi and Raja are members of Parliament, they are entitled to be members of Parliamentary committees. All 543 Lok Sabha MPs are entitled to be members of a Parliamentary committee” said a Congress spokesperson.
After their election, the MPs are asked to give their choice of the Parliamentary committee of which they want to be a member, rather than the party nominating them,” Congress spokesperson P C Chacko, who is also the chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee looking into the 2G scam, told reporters here.
He said that they were not nominated by the Congress party to the committees but were a part of the committee as part of privileges available to MPs.
Former Union Ministers A Raja, the main accused in 2G spectrum scam, and Suresh Kalmadi, accused in the Commonwealth Games scam, have been made members of two separate Parliamentary Standing Committees.
Raja, who represents DMK in the Lok Sabha, has been nominated to the Standing Committee on Energy while Kalmadi, Congress member of the Lok Sabha, has been nominated to the Standing Committee on External Affairs.

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