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Phukan report to be tabled soon

April 20, 2005 21:51 IST
Last Updated: April 20, 2005 21:53 IST

The Phukan Commission report on the Tehelka expose will be tabled in the current session of Parliament, Law Minister H R Bharadwaj said in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

The minister's assurance followed a directive from House Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat who quoted rules and said any inquiry commission report will have to be tabled within six months of its submission.

The report was submitted to the government in February 2004 and Shekhawat wanted a clear assurance from the government in this regard.

The government pleaded that there was a legal controversy and, hence, was seeking the law commission's opinion on the matter, Bharadwaj said.

But Shekhawat emphasised that the rules were clear on the matter and that the government should abide by them.

Bharadwaj then said the report, still lying in sealed cover, will now be examined expeditiously and tabled during the current session. "We are not running away," he said.

The issue came up when leader of the opposition Jaswant Singh took the Kargil defence purchase issue and said it would only be appropriate that the government table the report to facilitate a full-fledged discussion.

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