Digvijay Singh asks CAG to stop leak of reports

New Delhi, Nov 8: Taking a jibe at Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday asked the former to stop the leak of reports from his office.

“The CAG keeps giving us ‘gyan’ (knowledge). We thank him very much for this. But why does he not put a check on leak of reports from his office,” he asked.

CAG Vinod Rai, whose reports on irregularities in coal block allocations and 2G spectrum had created a major political storm, on Wednesday, deprecated the ‘brazenness’ with which the decisions were being taken, calling it ‘appalling’.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum (WEF) meet in Gurgaon yesterday, Rai said: “The brazenness (with which) decisions were being taken is actually appalling.”

The Comptroller and Auditor General, however, noted that with the Right to Information (RTI) Act, administrative and political executive have become conscious that they ‘will have to be answerable’.

“Each one of us will be held accountable, we are conscious of that,” he added.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari, however, hit back at the CAG for his remarks, saying if he talked about brazenness in decision-making, then questions could be raised about the time when he was in the government.

“If he talks about brazenness in decision-making, and if it refers to the time-period of this particular government, I think it would be worth his while to recall that he was part of the same government from 2004 to 2008. And I guess, when he talks about brazenness, that paradigm equally applies across the board to everyone who was part of the government,” he said.

Rai also said the CBI and CVC were not independent and that was why people write about them as ‘handmaids of government’. (ANI)