Making public statements on 2G spectrum report improper, says CAG

Making public statements on 2G spectrum report improper, says CAG
New Delhi: Hitting out at Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal and others, the government auditor CAG today said that public statements on its report on 2G spectrum are "highly improper" as the matter is under consideration of a Parliamentary Committee.
     
"Making public comments on the matter which is being considered by a Parliamentary Committee is highly improper and may even amount to contempt of the House," Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said in a statement.
    
Sibal had recently slammed the CAG for its report on 2G spectrum allocation saying that its projection of Rs 1.76 lakh crore as presumptive loss on account of 2G spectrum allocation was "utterly erroneous".
    
The Minister's view was later supported by Congress MP and spokesperson Manish Tewari, who lashed out the CAG for violating canons of Parliamentary propriety.
    
"The CAG after holding a live press conference on 2G spectrum issue is now advising MPs not to comment on it because the matter is being considered by PAC.
     
"It is an exotic logic that after going live with presumptive losses contained in CAG report in flagrant violation of canons of Parliamentary propriety, now CAG is resorting to argument of propriety," Tewari had said yesterday.
     
As per rules of Parliamentary procedure, the CAG said, "When any matter is under consideration of a Parliamentary Committee and the Committee is holding its sittings for that purpose, no persons, including a Member of Parliament should make or publish a statement or comment about that matter".