DMK favours a multi-member national auditor CAG

DMK favours a multi-member national auditor CAG
Chennai Key UPA ally DMK has strongly pitched for a multi-member national auditor CAG, saying the recent flopped auction of 2G spectrum that netted only about Rs 9,000 crore had proved wrong the top auditors' report pegging the presumptive loss in 2G allocation at Rs 1.76 lakh crore.

"The CAG gave a presumptive loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore in 2G allocation (in 2007). Now it has been proved wrong with the (latest) 2G auctioning. To prevent such mistakes in future, what is wrong if the CAG is made a more than a one-member body?" DMK Chief M Karunanidhi said today.

Keeping this issue in mind, the Centre should consult experts and take a "proper decision", said Mr Karunanidhi whose party faced the 2G heat with his daughter Kanimozhi and party leader and former Telecom Minister A Raja being made the accused in the spectrum scam.

Apparently referring to the hue and cry from BJP and other opposition parties to broadbasing the CAG, Mr Karunanidhi wondered how such a measure could be wrong when the Election Commission, a multi-member body, conducted polls in a free and fair manner.

The DMK Chief flayed critics who have charged the Centre with trying to dilute CAG in view of its critical findings relating to 2G and coal block allocations that have raised political storms.

He said Central Ministers like Kapil Sibal, Manish Tiwari and V Narayanasamy have already said the CAG report on Rs 1.76 lakh crore loss to the exchequer was wrong and it was for the auditor to explain.
Story First Published: November 19, 2012 19:05 IST

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