Ex-auditor of CAG sticks to Rs 2,645 cr as loss figure
Former director general, audit (post and telecommunication) RP Singh, who authored the draft CAG report on the 2G spectrum allocation, stuck to his stand that the loss was just Rs 2,645 crore at the JPC meeting on Monday. HT reports.delhi Updated: Nov 15, 2011 23:18 IST
Former director general, audit (post and telecommunication) RP Singh, who authored the draft CAG report on the 2G spectrum allocation, stuck to his stand that the loss was just Rs 2,645 crore at the JPC meeting on Monday.
He also claimed he had to sign the final report under pressure, where the upper limit of the notional loss was pegged at Rs 1.76 lakh crore. Interestingly, CAG Vinod Rai, who will appear before the panel on Tuesday, has requested JPC chairman PC Chacko that Singh be present during his deposition.
However, Singh failed to corroborate his claims of disagreement with any evidence.
BJP’s Yashwant Sinha and CPI’s Gurudas Dasgupta asked Singh to show any written evidence to show that he had differed with his colleagues on the calculation of 2G loss during his days in office. Singh reportedly replied that it was not his habit to give dissent notes. According to sources, Sinha remarked that he too, was a former bureaucrat and there are ways to record objections.
The opposition leaders also produced documents dated April 19, 2010, that showed Singh had approved to peg the loss of potential revenue at Rs 48,374 crore. Another document, dated July 19, 2010, produced in the meeting showed that Singh had forwarded a draft report to the then telecom secretary PJ Thomas showing notional loss on 2G at Rs 1.76 lakh crore.
After the meeting, Chacko said some members of the field audit team (FAT) — who did the initial audit — also questioned Singh. The FAT had projected the loss at Rs 26,685 crore.
In his defence, Singh said as there was no “conclusive evidence”, he had dismissed the figure.
‘Sign appears to be Hari Nair’s’
Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (R-ADAG) president AN Sethuraman on Monday told a Delhi court that it ‘appeared’ that Hari Nair, senior vice-president of the firm and an accused in 2G scam, had certified documents accompanying applications for 15 circles for UAS licences on behalf of Swan Telecom.
“The signature appears to be of Hari Nair,” Sethuraman told Special CBI judge OP Saini. He identified the signatures of Nair who, in the capacity of company secretary of Swan Telecom, had allegedly signed its documents such as Memorandum and the Articles of Association.
(With inputs from PTI)