The central government has no service records of comptroller and auditor general (CAG) Vinod Rai. This is what the department of personnel and training (DoPT) has revealed in response to a right to information (RTI) query. The reply says the records are "not traceable."
The revelation comes at a time when the country’s most powerful accountant has gained renown as a vigilant anti-corruption watchdog. He was once again in the spotlight after the CAG reports on coal block allocation, power and the GMR-run Delhi airport were tabled in parliament on August 17.
Arvind Shukla, a Lucknow based activist, had sought details about Rai through a five-question RTI application. The questions sought information about CAG's Class 10 marks certificate, date of birth, certificate of selection to the civil services, appointment letter, selection into the Kerala cadre of the IAS and his retirement date.
In the August 6 response to the plea, the DoPT's central public information officer Narendra Gautam informed Shukla: "As informed by the concerned section of the UPSC application dossier of Shri Vinod Rai, IAS (KL: 1972) is not traceable."
"The information sought for by you is not materially available with the undersigned,” the reply further added. The letter also suggested that Shukla could follow up his request with the Kerala government as the matter was "more closely concerned to the government of Kerala". The application sought service records of CAG since 2005. “I wonder how could a person whose records are not available be appointed as CAG?” Shukla questioned.
The department, however, stated that the matter was subsequently being referred to the CPIO and the office of the CAG to provide the information.