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Nov 23, 2012 at 03:25pm IST

Congress demand for probe against CAG over 2G report is absurd: MM Joshi

New Delhi: BJP leader and PAC Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi has hit back at the Congress after the latter said a probe must be ordered into the latest allegations to hit the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) over its 2G report. An ex-auditor of CAG, RP Singh said that Joshi had influenced the report and that the loss figure mentioned in it was presumptive which had been added back after he deleted it from the draft report.

While flaying Singh's charges as baseless, Joshi said that the Congress's call for probe against CAG was absurd. He added, "RP Singh was called to the JPC as well. It is impossible to write a report under pressure. He was to write the report himself. The government, in order to hide its corruption, is resorting to such measures."

"Both the CAG and PAC are two important institutions which are watchdogs of the government," Joshi continued, adding, "The government wants to cover up all its misdeeds and corruption activity." Responding to a query on the Congress's demand for a probe, Joshi said, "Congress can demand any absurd things."

RP Singh speaks out

Ex-CAG principal auditor RP Singh on Friday made startling revelations about the agency's 2G report saying that it was audited without guidelines and influenced by Public Accounts Committee Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi. In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, Singh further stated that the loss figure of Rs 1.76 lakh crore was presumptive, which he had deleted from the draft report but which was restored in the final copy.

Singh disowned the report saying it was not his and that he was merely asked to sign on it. He further asked that leaks by the office of the CAG be investigated.

"This loss figure (of Rs 1.76 lakh crore) did appear before me in a draft audit report submitted by my field office. I carried out discussion with them. I asked for the supporting documents, on what basis they are saying these are the losses. They said, 'we are taking it as presumption'. I said in performance audit there is nothing called presumption loss. So I deleted this figure and while forwarding my version of report, I clearly mentioned why I am deleting these figures. It seems that at the time of examination in CAG office, these loss figures were restored," said Singh.

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