Nothing wrong in Sibal criticising CAG: Cong
Congress found nothing wrong in the criticism of CAG by Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on 2G.
New Delhi: Congress on Saturday found nothing wrong in the criticism of government auditor CAG by Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal and said any MP or minister can raise a question mark on CAG report based on the findings.
"CAG report is for scrutiny. Any MP or minister can raise question mark on CAG report based on the latter`s findings. If Sibal has said something based on documents, we do not think it is wrong on his part," party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed said.
Ahmed at the same time refused to comment on BJP leader and PAC Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi criticising Sibal for debunking CAG estimates of losses of Rs 1.76 lakh crore on account of 2G spectrum allocation.
"The documents are either with Sibal, who is Telecom Minister or or with Joshi. The party does not have any document. The party cannot say anything into it as the party has nothing to do with it. How can the party say what is factually correct and what is not," Ahmed said.
Earlier, while reacting to the Telecom Minister`s contention that the presumptive losses projected by the CAG was "erroneous", Joshi said in Guwahati, "In my opinion, it is highly improper. The CAG has never said that it is the exact amount. Mr Sibal should have read the report carefully."
Sibal had yesterday said that there was "no loss at all" to the exchequer due to allocation of licences and 2G spectrum in 2008.
The period pertains to his predecessor A Raja who was forced to quit on the issue of alleged scam in spectrum allocation on which the Comptroller and Auditor General had come out with a report including the presumptive loss figure.
"We believe the exercise (by CAG) was fraught with very serious errors which resulted in a kind of sensationalism which has allowed the Opposition to spread utter falsehood to the people of India and we object to it...We are extremely pained at the methodology adopted by CAG. Some figures have no basis whatsoever," Sibal had told a press conference.
While the party officially backed Sibal, some leaders speaking on the condition of anonymity felt that it was not good for a government functionary to attack a constitutional body publicly.
Party leaders have earlier also been earlier questioning the veracity of the CAG claims but it was for the first time that a government functionary went on record making a strident criticism of the CAG.
The 2G scam has become a major political issue with the Opposition demanding a Joint Parliament Committee to probe it. The demand, however, was rejected by the government leading to disruption of almost the entire Winter Session of Parliament.