PM’s duty to reply to Supreme Court remarks, says Advani

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

NEW DELHI/PATNA - It was Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s duty to respond to the Supreme Court’s “serious remark” about his “silence” on a plea seeking action against A. Raja, who quit as telecom minister earlier this week, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani said Wednesday.

Stepping up the attack on the government on the 2G spectrum controversy, Advani told reporters in Patna that it was duty of the prime minister to reply to the remarks.

The Supreme Court has made a serious remark on the prime minister and PMO on that issue (2G spectrum allocation controversy). I do not recall having come across such a remark on the PM’s office in the last 60 years. It is the PM’s duty to reply to the comment immediately, Advani told reporters.

Advani also reiterated the party’s demand for setting up a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) to investigate the 2G spectrum licensing issue.

His colleague M. Venkaiah Naidu said in the national capital that the government should accept the demand for a JPC and allow the parliament to function.

The Supreme Court Tuesday took exception to the prime minister’s 15-month “silence” on former MP Subramanian Swamy’s plea seeking sanction to initiate proceedings against Raja over the 2G spectrum allocation.

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