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May 22, 2013 at 02:07pm IST

Appointment of Shashi Kant Sharma as CAG is conflict of interest: BJP

New Delhi: Even as the UPA hopes to put controversies and scams behind it on the completion of its 4 years in power, the government may be looking at another row, this one over the selection of the new Comptroller and Auditor General of India. Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma is set to take charge as the new CAG and his appointment is already being questioned with the Opposition calling it a case of conflict of interest.

Sharma handled several defence acquisitions and the government has given no reasons for appointing him as CAG. "A large amount of the GDP is spent on procuring defence equipments. There is a conflict of interest when the person auditing the case is a part of the case itself," BJP leader Arun Jaitley said.

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Sharma will take over from Vinod Rai whose tenure as CAG ends on Wednesday. It was under his watch that the 2G and coal allocation reports were tabled.