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Joshi tried to speed up report, says CAG official

A senior CAG official has alleged that BJP veteran and Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Murali Manohar Joshi had asked him to expedite the report on 2G spectrum allocation. HT reports.

delhi Updated: Nov 16, 2011 01:31 IST
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A senior CAG official has alleged that BJP veteran and Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Murali Manohar Joshi had asked him to expedite the report on 2G spectrum allocation.

CAG's DG (Report Central) RB Sinha had written to Deputy CAG Rekha Gupta on July 13 last year saying Joshi feared a cover up by the executive and wanted the CAG to deliver its report as soon as possible.

Digivijaya Singh took the lead in the Congress in raising questions about Joshi's involvement, posting on Twitter: "With new facts coming in, few questions arise. Was the figure inflated? Was it made in haste?? Was it at behest of Chairman PAC?"

Singh also hit out at Rai, questioning if he is following former CAG T N Chaturvedi who produced a report on Bofors gun and later became a BJP MP and Governor.

CAG Vinod Rai, however, rejected allegations of any influence on the CAG: "there is no question of Joshi trying to influence CAG report."

The letter surfaced at a time when the Congress members are battling in the JPC and PAC to reject the presumptive loss figure R1.76 lakh crore of the final CAG report on 2G spectrum.

In the letter, Sinha wrote that Joshi called him to say there was "tremendous pressure on him" from MPs and media about the PAC's probe into the 2G issue and if the probe is further delayed, the executive would get the time to cover up the issue."

Sinha further wrote, "He stated it would be appropriate for the PAC also to submit its report soon after the CAG's report is submitted to the President during the monsoon session (of Parliament)."

Joshi, Sinha alleges, sought a briefing from Sinha's office for his panel.

(With PTI inputs)