2G: BJP asks Sonia to withdraw comment

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 26, 2012 10:37 hrs

India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday asked Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi to withdraw her comment against it after former director general (audits) of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) R.P. Singh said his remarks against Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Murli Manohar Joshi in connection to the 2G scam were misquoted.

Speaking to reporters, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said: "In light of what R P Singh has stated, the BJP would like to know from Sonia Gandhiji, would she retract her comment almost condemning the BJP in the most abusive terms?"

Gandhi on Friday said the BJP has been exposed after Singh revealed that the agency´s 2G report was audited without guidelines and was influenced by Joshi.

When asked by reporters whether Singh´s remarks have ´exposed´ BJP, Gandhi said: "Yes, certainly I think so."

Singh disowned the agency´s 2G report and said he was merely asked to sign on it.

"This loss figure (of Rs 1.76 lakh crore) did appear before me in a draft audit report submitted by my field office. I carried out discussion with them. I asked for the supporting documents, on what basis they are saying these are the losses. They said, ´we are taking it as presumption´. I said in performance audit there is nothing called presumption loss. So I deleted this figure and while forwarding my version of report, I clearly mentioned why I am deleting these figures. It seems that at the time of examination in CAG office, these loss figures were restored," Singh told a news channel.

He later said he was ´misquoted´.

Speaking on CNN-IBN show Devil´s Advocate, Singh said: "I do remember that there is documentary evidence where it is stated that a member of PAC had asked to calculate losses using a particular formula. I cannot confirm the name but I can confirm the content."

"I am not refuting, I am just saying one thing that I said a member of PAC. So that stands corrected for," he said.

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