The chairman of Fiji's public accounts committee is defending its role after coming under fire from the attorney general.
Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum last week said the parliamentary committee was acting beyond its jurisdiction and that it should remain apolitical.
But the committee's chair, Biman Prasad, who is the leader of the opposition National Federation Party, says the committee has acted impartially and he is happy with the work it is doing.
He says it's unfortunate the attorney general had to talk about the role of the committee.
"This committee has worked in a very bipartisan, cooperative manner and I'm just saddened by the fact that the attorney general would talk about, in his opinion, what the role of the public accounts committee should be. In fact, none of the ministers should be talking about any of the standing committee's work."
Biman Prasad says the committee has followed standing orders and operated in an open, transparent manner.