CAG office rubbishes former 2G auditor`s claims

Last Updated: Friday, November 23, 2012 - 15:34

New Delhi: The office of the Comptroller and Auditor General Friday refused to join issue over a former auditor`s claims on 2G spectrum allocation that have sparked a political row, saying it does not react to media reports.

"We do not react to media reports about our reports," a CAG official said.

RP Singh, who was Director General of Audit with the CAG of India, in an interview with a private television channel Thursday claimed that the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party`s senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi as the chief of the parliamentary panel inquiring the 2G scam had spoken to CAG officials a day before the 2G report was released.

Singh also in the interview questioned the CAG`s estimate of the presumptive loss of Rs.1.76 lakh crore in the 2G spectrum allocation. He said the loss due to the first-come-first-served policy then followed by the government was Rs.37,000 crore and this too was entirely "recoverable".

Rubbishing all this, the CAG official said, "The CAG report in question (the Rs.1.76 lakh crore loss) bears the counter signature of RP Singh who was the DG and was the auditor concerned for the telecom sector."

Singh`s claims, however, have provided fodder for the ruling Congress party to go on the offensive on the 2G scam and attack the BJP and the CAG.

After a meeting of the Congress core group, Sonia Gandhi said she thought the BJP has been "exposed".

The Left also said the BJP as well as the CAG should respond to the allegation.

But Joshi, who heads the Public Accounts Committee, said: "This man (Singh) himself presented the report to the PAC. Why didn`t he say that he did not agree at that time. All this is an attempt by the government to malign the CAG and RP Singh is a part of that attempt. "

"The government is targeting the institution of the CAG to hide its own misdemeanours. It is a part of that campaign," Joshi added.

PTI



First Published: Friday, November 23, 2012 - 15:34

More from zeenews

 
comments powered by Disqus
Party Won Trends Swing
BJP 122 122 76
SHS 63 63 19
INC 42 42 -40
NCP 41 41 -21
MNS 1 1 -12
OTH 19 19 -22
Party wise Trends/Tally | Key Candidates | Vote Share
Constituency Wise Results Interactive Map
Party Won Trends Swing
BJP 47 47 43
INLD 19 19 -12
INC 15 15 -25
HJCBL 2 2 -4
OTH 7 7 -2
Party wise Trends/Tally | Key Candidates | Vote Share
Constituency Wise Results Interactive Map