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CAG denies seeking exclusion for Vadra land deal

PTI   New Delhi, August 27, 2013
First Published: 01:04 IST(27/8/2013) | Last Updated: 01:05 IST(27/8/2013)

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on Monday night dismissed reports that he had sought exclusion from audit of the controversial land allotment in Haryana that involved Robert Vadra.

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It is hereby clarified that the selection of the topic for the audit reports has neither been seen nor approved by new CAG Sashikant Sharma.

This is being done at a level lower than the CAG, an official statement from the CAG said late on Monday night.

Reacting to reports that the CAG was behind the exclusion from audit of the land deal involving Vadra, the statement said the attention of the CAG office had been drawn to the news item that new CAG Sharma had scrapped the audit of issue of licences for development of colonies after the release of land in Haryana.

CAG sources said for the audit report 2012-13, the principal accountant general of Haryana had suggested five subjects for thematic paras, including issue of licences for development of colonies after release of land, construction of buildings by Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and their utilisation, diversion of land use by HUDA, encroachment on government land and management of panchayat land.

Sources said since all the different topics were heavily loaded towards land/building-related issues, it was decided not to include the topic of issue of licences for development of colonies, etc, after the release of land. As the report of the audit is expected to take up a variety of subjects, it was decided to include two topics.

This decision, sources said, was taken at a level lower than the CAG who had just taken over towards the end of May.

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