Govt stalling proceedings on graft: Joshi

Last Updated: Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 17:25

New Delhi: Public Accounts Committee (PAC)
Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi on Sunday said there is a growing
feeling all around that the Government is "stalling"
proceedings on graft cases to protect political executives.

"There is an impression, not by me but all around that
this government is trying to stall any proceedings whether in
PAC, court or any other agency...all such proceedings which
try to bring out the involvement of any political executives,"
he told in an interview.

He also slammed a recent Law Ministry note which has
reportedly questioned the mandate of the CAG.

"As far as I know, the note, it says even the Supreme
Court can`t question the policies of the government. But the
court can question whether there is a violation of the
constitution. Similarly, the CAG has a constitutional duty to
audit the Government accounts.

"The CAG wants to see whether whatever promised was
performed or not," he said.

Joshi noted CAG`s job is to pin point the government`s
flaws.

When asked for his reaction on the CAG`s Rs 1.76 lakh
loss estimate in the 2G spectrum allocation, he said, "There
are many cases where the CAG finds a loss to the exchequer.
Then the CAG is required to point out how does this loss occur
and who is behind this."

He said the entire exercise is to find out whether its
due to implementation or willful or deliberate bungling.
To a poser on government`s different version on the CAG
report, he said, "The sane voice by the Finance Minister
should be heeded by this Government".

PTI



First Published: Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 15:51

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