Cong targets CAG again, using SC observations

Last Updated: Monday, October 1, 2012 - 23:06

New Delhi: Agitated over its finding in coal mine allocation issue, Congress on Monday targeted the CAG again by utilising the opinion of the Supreme Court on 2G spectrum matter.

Noting certain observations of the apex court in the 2G case on Friday last, Tewari said "if the Supreme Court can be so circumspect in its observations, is it not essential that other constitutional bodies, especially the CAG, should follow suit?".

Tewari also recalled that in its earlier judgement on the 2G matter, the Supreme Court had refrained from commenting on the "hypothetical loss" figures computed by the CAG.

The party also took a dig at BJP hoping it would react with sobriety on the order and "does not raise post-retirement judicial sinecures".

The remarks were in the context of two-year cool-off period for judges before taking up a job after retirement proposed by BJP leader Arun Jaitley.

At the same time, party spokesman Manish Tewari downplayed today`s observations by the apex court that CAG is not a "munimji" (accountant).

Taking another swipe at the CAG, Tewari also referred to
the observations of the former Chief Justice of India SH Kapadia that "loss is a matter of fact and profit or gain is a matter of opinion".

Asked about the apex court order today that CAG is "not munimji" and it is his primary duty to scrutinise the effective use of resources and it was for Parliament to accept or reject his reports, Tewari played down the observations.

"It is not proper to comment on obiter dicta (observations made by judges not part of the judgment). I don`t know whether the Supreme Court has said it in writing or not. But we should also remember that the same court also noted that if the CAG exceeded the brief, Parliament can look into it", he said.

PTI



First Published: Monday, October 1, 2012 - 23:06

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