Joshi refutes he influenced CAG’s 2G report
Senior BJP leader and PAC chairman Murli Manohar Joshi on Friday hit back at the government and former CAG official RP Singh.
New Delhi: Senior BJP leader and PAC chairman Murli Manohar Joshi on Friday hit back at the government and former CAG official RP Singh, who has suggested that the former had influenced the government auditor’s report on 2G spectrum allocation.
Rejecting the allegations as baseless, Joshi said it was government’s bid to defame the CAG.
“It is the last attempt by the government to cover up corruption in which it is steeped in right till its neck,” Joshi told reporters outside Parliament House.
“Why didn`t RP Singh take up this matter while he was in the CAG? After retirement he is making such claims. It is a campaign to malign the CAG and the PAC,” the BJP leader said.
When asked to react to Congress’ demand for a probe in the matter, Joshi angrily said, “What investigation? Congress` demand for a probe is absurd.”
Singh, an ex-officer of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), has claimed that he was forced to sign the controversial report on the 2G spectrum allocation.
The Indian Express reported on Friday that Singh, former director general, Post and Telecommunications at CAG, claimed that he was made to sign the controversial report that pegged the 2G scam presumptive loss at a whopping Rs 1.76 lakh crores, even though he had disagreement with the report’s findings.
Singh, who was the officer behind the CAG’s 2G spectrum allocation audit, revealed that officials of the auditor had met Joshi, at his residence on a holiday to assist him in the preparation of the report on the 2G spectrum allocation.
Singh said that CAG officials had paid a visit to Joshi’s house on the Good Friday holiday on April 22, 2011.
“I got to know from my team members that CAG officials including senior CAG officials from headquarters went to the PAC chairman’s residence and assisted him in preparing the PAC report. I cannot say with certainty what exactly transpired at the meeting,” Singh told The Indian Express.
Asked if there was an attempt by the PAC chairman to influence the outcome of the CAG’s 2G report before it was tabled in Parliament, Singh said “it appears” from a note prepared by RB Sinha, D-G at CAG headquarters, that there were “some telephone calls by the PAC chairman to access the 2G report which was under preparation”.
Reacting to the revelations, the Congress accused the BJP of misusing the CAG.
Speaking to reporters, I&B Minister Manish Tewari said both the CAG and PAC chairman should reply to the charges. Issues raised by RP Singh should be probed, Tewari added.
Union Minister Kamal Nath said the claims needed to be probed.
Also, a CPI leader said Joshi owes the nation an explanation.