Digvijay takes a dig at Jaitley for CAG remarks

NEW DELHI, Oct 30:  Congress leader Digvijay Singh today took a dig at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for asking the CAG not to sensationalise its findings to get into headlines.
“CAG should not sensationalise its findings,”- Arun Jaitley. Wish he had realised this when 2G and Coal Block CAG Report came!”, the Congress General Secretary said on Twitter.
Congress party had voiced similar views in the past after huge notional losses were projected in reports on 2G and coal allocation scams.
The CAG reports on 2G telecom spectrum allocation and coal mine allotment which carried figures of notional losses to the tune of Rs 1.76 lakh crore and Rs 1.84 lakh crore respectively had caused tremendous discomfort for the UPA government and the Congress party that headed the coalition.
They had come in handy for the Opposition to attack the government on the issue of corruption.
Addressing the annual conference of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) yesterday, Jaitley had said, “Auditor should be conscious of the fact that he is reviewing a decision that has already been taken. Have the fair procedures been followed?
“He doesn’t have to sensationalise. He doesn’t have to get into the headlines,” Jaitley had said.
Jaitley had insisted that an auditor has to be “an active auditor but activism and restraint are always the two sides of the same coin.”
On Monday, Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee Chairman and senior Congress leader K V Thomas too had said in the conference that the auditor should restrict audits to financial impropriety and not come out with “astronomical” figures of notional losses. (PTI)


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