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New Delhi: Members of Parliament from the ruling coalition are examining the possibility of moving a breach of privilege motion against the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) for stating that comments about a matter being considered by a parliamentary committee may amount to contempt of the House, sources in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) said.

"Sections of the ruling coalition are examining the possibility of breach of privilege over the statement of CAG," a UPA leader said here in response to queries about a press release by the CAG that had been criticised by the Congress.

The Congress Thursday objected to the CAG's statement about the possibility of contempt for comments made about a matter being considered by a parliamentary committee and alleged that the auditor's report on 2G spectrum controversy got "leaked" before being presented in parliament.

Congress spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan had alleged that the official auditor appeared to be applying different yardsticks to the comments made on its report about the 2G spectrum scam.

She said CAG had issued a press release Jan 12 in which it referred to rules which prohibit any MP from making comments when a matter is being looked into by a parliamentary committee.

Expressing her "surprise and distress" at the CAG's statement, Natarajan, who is a Rajya Sabha MP, said that, subject to correction, she could not find any such rule.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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