New Delhi: The CAG report indicting the UPA over the telecom issue and one which caused grief to the government is now under attack from the government itself.
Telecom minister Kapil Sibal on Friday launched an unprecedented attack on the CAG over its report on the 2G spectrum scam. In a dramatic twist, Sibal dubbed the report that had pegged the revenue loss at Rs 1.76 lakh crore as an 'erroneous' report, saying the revenue loss is actually zero and the watchdog has erred.
“Though we respect the exercise of that constitutional authority’s (CAG) power, we do believe the exercise was fraught with very serious errors,” explained Sibal in a press conference.
The CAG report which is now the basis of probe by the Murli Manohar Joshi-headed PAC had questioned the UPA's telecom policy, especially the first come, first serve policy, and accused Raja of bending rules to benefit a few.
But Sibal by questioning the loss figure of CAG has rejected the opposition’s charges. In fact, he said there was zero loss.
But the BJP which has been accused of demeaning institutions is now throwing the same charges at the government.
“He has today substituted himself in the role of the PAC, the JPC and the CBI all rolled into one,” senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley told the newsmen in Guwahati.
The big question is that in this fight over who is right, it’s watchdogs like CAG and CVC which are under fire.
As the telecom minister questioned the loss figures arrived at by the CAG report, it goes on to show that the report is one of the troubled spots for the UPA-2 and as the Shunglu Committee finalises its report, it’s certain that the government is going to point out that while the policy was not at fault, its implementation by A Raja was certainly questionable.