"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?"
Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari told reporters.
Giving twist to the allocation controversy, former Comptroller and Auditor General official R P Singh had questioned the 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 asked who was responsible for increasing the presumptive loss figures and said this issue should be addressed by the CAG.
"The second question is about propriety. The PAC is supposed to independently exercise oversight over the reports of CAG. If what R P Singh has said is true about the CAG officials actually taking assistance of the PAC in the preparation of its report, does this not amount to a conflict of interest?" Tewari said.
He sought to know if this is a convention or a tradition which has been followed earlier and whether this was done officially or unofficially.
"These are questions that the PAC Chairperson, Murli Manohar Joshi, for whom I have the utmost respect, needs to answer," the minister said.
BJP, however, denied these allegations and maintained that it has been proved that government suffered losses in the 2G spectrum allocation and that there was corruption in the deals.
BJP MP and party secretary Balbir Punj, said, "R P Singh's charges are meaningless. Two facts have been established in the 2G spectrum case. One that there was a huge loss to the government and secondly there was corruption in the allocations. Had there been no loss the licenses would not have been cancelled and A Raja would not have gone to jail."
NCP leader D P Tripathi maintained that constitutional bodies like the CAG should not be brought into a controversy.
"If what R P Singh has said is true then the losses pointed out by CAG are too high."
The government should take stringent action against R P Singh for doing what he should not have done, assuming that he was forced to sign dotted lines. The government us using his statement to its advantage. This is clearly handwork of stooges from congress party who are looting the nation in the name of development and GDP growth. The congress can shutdown all institutions of democracy such as Supreme court, CIC, CVC, CBI, CAG and others so that they do not have to be accountable to any. It did during emergency once and had learnt a lesson if its life.
Well BJP says Narendra Modi was never invloved in Genocide. BJP says Amit Shah the trusted home minister of Narendra Modi was never invloved in execution killing of several people and labelling them as terrorist. BJP has called the CBI investigation as Congress Bureau of Investigation. BJP has said Congress manipulated the supreme court !!!. So let BJP say why its ministers and party members are being jailed for 10 years to 50 years for various murders !!!!. Let BJP say whether it had role in mass murders or not ....if not why go to Jail.
BPJ has been exposed following R P Singh's revelation that UPA has caused only Rs 37000 cr instead of 1.76 lakh crore as reported earlier. Had this truth been known earlier, the pittance (Rs 37000 cr) could have been written off as miscellaneous expenditure and zero loss figure could have been projected. Because of the wrong figure, valuable parliament working hours have been lost. Never mind that this small nugget of information eluded Mr Singh all these months. Anyone is liable to forget a small item like this. Mr Joshi (BJP) should be held responsible for the trouble caused by the wrong report
Suggest some one moves a privilage motion in parliment against CAG and PAC for indulging in unethical practice, Misleading the Parliment and Public .Congress has to learn a lot in this regard from BJP. If BJP were to be in this situation, they would raised the motion by now.