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RP Singh dismisses Joshi's allegations

Posted on Nov 23, 03:22PM | IBNS

Former director general of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) RP Singh on Friday dismissed Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Murli Manohar Joshi's allegations of a campaign trying to defame the agency.

Joshi has negated the charges made by Singh that the agency's 2G report was audited without guidelines and influenced by the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader.

Joshi said the charges were baseless and the government was trying to defame institutions like CAG.

"I have never reported any presumptive loss in my entire career," Singh told ABP News.

Joshi earlier the same day said Singh's statement is a 'conspiracy to malign institution' like the CAG.

"All these allegations are baseless," Joshi told media.

"Why didn't RP Singh take up this matter while he was in CAG?" he said.

Slamming the government, Joshi said: "The government is trying to cover up all the corrupt practices through the particular campaign."

Singh has disowned the agency's 2G report and said he was merely asked to sign on it.

"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," Singh told a news channel.