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Disowning 2G report was afterthought: Vinod Rai on RP Singh

PTI  New Delhi, May 21, 2013
First Published: 14:43 IST(21/5/2013) | Last Updated: 14:55 IST(21/5/2013)

Comptroller and auditor general (CAG) Vinod Rai on Tuesday attacked former lead auditor RP Singh for disowning the report on 2G spectrum allocation on "afterthought" and observed that loyalty to profession should be maintained even after retirement.

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"There is a certain professional integrity that all of us must have," Rai said. "So, when we are on our jobs, it is not fair for us to fulfil our professional duties and then as an afterthought post-retirement repudiate all that and go back on it."

The outgoing CAG was asked to comment on Singh, former director general (audit), disowning the CAG report on spectrum allocation after retirement, and claiming he had been forced to sign the controversial report, which pegged the loss at Rs. 1.76 lakh crore.

"It (disowning report) is not a fair thing to do because each one of us should not have personal loyalty, which means person-to-person loyalty," Rai said. "Our loyalty should be to our profession. That is where I think professional integrity is of great importance." Everyone needs to be "truly faithful" to his or her profession, he added.

Rai insisted that the audit reports were a collective effort and the system was so robust that no one, not even the CAG, could influence them.

"This particular report on the spectrum also underwent a peer-review where the same director general made a presentation to his peers, who went through the report to ensure that it is objective, well balanced and does not have any nuance which is not factually not borne out," he said.

The CAG report, tabled in Parliament in November 2010, had raised a political storm that led to sacking of telecommunications minister A Raja and setting up of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe the issue.

The controversy over 2G spectrum allocation also led to cancellation of 122 licences by the Supreme Court.


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