Helicopter deal audit underway: CAG Vinod Rai

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 15, 2013 20:20 hrs

The comptroller and auditor general of India (CAG) Vinod Rai on Friday said an audit of the controversial VVIP chopper deal with Italian firm AgustaWestland was under way.

''CAG conducts audit of the defence ministry and we have done it in this case. It will come to your notice very soon'' he said.

''The audit is under way but I don't know when it will be completed because I'm not aware of its status'' he added.

He said the protests after the Delhi gang rape case had shown the power of the 'silent majority'.

''The myth that has been debunked is of the silent majority. The majority is always silent because the minority felt they had a mandate and they are exercising that mandate. They are more articulate and aggresive than the silent majority. But, the times have changed. The so-called people who have the mandate are typical of what I would call bullies.”

Rai said impediments are purposefully created to prevent the law from taking its own course.

''The most oft-repeated statement is that the law would be allowed to take its own course. It is unfortunate that this is exactly what doesn't happen,'' he said.

He shared the prime minister Manmohan Singh's feeling on compulsions of coalition politics.

''Compulsion of coalition politics in every democracy is leading to convinient deviations and the dominat culture of adjustment is prevalent with honesty and integrity becoming the casualty'' he said.

Rai has been often attacked by Congress on having political ambitions.

When a member from audience asked about having any plan to join politics post-retirement, Rai quipped, ''is there any thing wrong in it.'' However he said ''time alone will tell. I neither affirm nor deny...''

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