2G loss: BJP exposed, feels Sonia
Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi on Friday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been exposed after former director general of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) R.P. Singh said the agency's 2G report was audited without guidelines and influenced by Public Accounts Committee chairman Murli Manohar Joshi.
When asked by reporters whether Singh's remarks have 'exposed' BJP, Gandhi said: "Yes, certainly I think so."
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.
Joshi, however negated Singh's charges and said: "All these allegations are baseless."
"Why didn't RP Singh take up this matter while he was in CAG?" the senior BJP leader said.
He said it is a 'conspiracy to malign institution' like the CAG.
Slamming the government, Joshi said: "The government is trying to cover up all the corrupt practices through the particular campaign."
Singh's comments erupted a political storm on Friday.
Reacting to the issue, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari told reporters: "What is extremely important is that (in) May 2010, when the draft report is prepared by R.P. Singh, the loss is quantified at Rs.20,645 crore."
"But in November 2010, when the report is presented before the Parliament then the loss jumps to Rs.1 lakh 76 thousand crore," he said.
"Former CAG officer R.P. Singh has levelled a serious allegation. Joshi should clear his stand," Tewari said.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said, "This matter will be discussed in Parliament today. Many members have called me that they want an investigation. It's a serious matter."