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‘My comment on 2G loss estimate not politically motivated’

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 25, 2012
First Published: 12:54 IST(25/11/2012) | Last Updated: 00:49 IST(26/11/2012)

Former CAG official RP Singh, who has questioned the CAG’s estimates of presumptive loss of Rs. 1.76 lakh crore in the auction of 2G-spectrum allocation, rejected the allegations that the Congress had put him up to defend the UPA government on the issue.

“I don’t think it has any substance,” he told Karan Thapar in CNN-IBN’s Devil’s Advocate when asked about the charge that he has been put up by the Congress.

The statement of Singh, a former director general, posts and telecommunications in the CAG, triggered a bitter war of words between the Congress and the BJP.

While an upbeat Congress said the BJP has been exposed on the issue, the main opposition party dubbed Singh as “a pawn in the hands” of the UPA to malign institutions that were highlighting corruption.

Singh said he has no connection with the UPA government nor he was having any interaction with it. “Whatever I have said is not politically motivated and (my conscience) is very clear on that account.”

In a new twist to the row that had rocked the UPA government, Singh claimed that he was made to sign the 2G report that he had actually not prepared. “I knew the content of the report. There was a written order. I had to comply. There is no scope for refusing,” he said.

Referring to his then boss Vinod Rai, Singh said there was “no tradition of disagreeing or opposing orders” of CAG in my department.

On why he chose to speak on the issue 14 months after his retirement, Singh said he was asked to comment on the presumptive loss figure following the just concluded spectrum auction which fetched “much much less” amount in comparison to the CAG figures.

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