Ex-CAG official's 2G claims has exposed BJP: Sonia Gandhi
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday said that the Bhartiya Janata Party stood exposed after former CAG auditor R.P. Singh claimed that the Comptroller and Auditor General's 2G report had been influenced by senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi.
Gandhi said: "Looks like 2G loss figure row is backfiring on BJP."
Singh, who was the officer behind the CAG's 2G spectrum allocation audit, revealed that officials of the auditor had met Joshi, who is also the chairman of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC), at his residence on a holiday to assist him in the preparation of the report on the 2G spectrum allocation.
Singh had also targeted the CAG Vinod Rai and claimed that the loss figure mentioned in the report was presumptive and restored despite having been deleted by him in the draft. Singh had retired in September 2011 and had deposed before the JPC into the 2G scam.
Clearly, the Congress appears to have latched on to Singh's claims and is using it as an opportunity to question the BJP.
"What is extremely important is that (in) May 2010, when the draft report is prepared by RP Singh, the loss is quantified at Rs.20,645 crore. But in November 2010, (when) the report is presented before the parliament, the loss jumps to Rs.1 lakh 76 thousand crore," Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tiwari said.
However, the BJP and M.M. Joshi have denied these allegations and maintained that it has been proved that government suffered losses in the 2G spectrum allocation and that there was corruption in the deals.