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CAG row: Sonia says BJP exposed, govt demands answers

New Delhi, Nov 23, 2012 (PTI): 14:20 IST
The comments by a former official of CAG over the report on 2G spectrum allocation today kicked up a row with Congress President Sonia Gandhi suggesting that BJP had been exposed while the government demanded answers from Parliament's PAC chief M M Joshi over his alleged role.
Joshi, a senior BJP leader, rejected allegations by R P Singh, former Director General, Posts and Telecommunications in CAG, that he had tried to influence the outcome of the 2G report and questioned why the official had not spoken about it in Public Accounts Committee (PAC) when he appeared before it.

"Yes, certainly I think so," said Gandhi when reporters here asked whether BJP had been "exposed" by Singh's comments.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said Joshi as also Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) should clear the air on the issue.

"The issues raised by R P Singh, former DG, P&T, in CAG are very germane. What is extremely important is that in May 2010 when the draft report was prepared, the loss was quantified at Rs 2,645 crore, but in November 2010 when the report was presented in Parliament, this loss jumped to Rs 1.76 lakh crore.

How did this leap of faith take place?" Tewari told reporters.

Giving a twist to the allocation row, Singh has said a report prepared by him contained no losses on account of 2G spectrum allocation and questioned CAG's estimates of presumptive loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore.

"After completing the audit of Ministry of Telecom, which was under my direct charge, I prepared a draft audit report covering each and every aspect ... My report did not contain any loss figure," he had said yesterday.

Tewari wanted to know as to who was responsible for increasing the presumptive loss figures and said this issue should be addressed by CAG. (More) PTI RC NAB AKK SC 11231352

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