New Delhi: The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on Thursday appeared to target the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), after this week's 2G spectrum auction fetched less than one-fourth of the target revenue.
Claiming that the national exchequer had suffered a loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore due to the 2008 government allocation process, the CAG had sparked a probe into the allegedly massive corruption scandal masterminded by former telecoms minister A Raja.
However the figure, based on the 2010 3G spectrum auction had been disputed by several corners, including government ministers who trashed the figures despite persistent attacks by the opposition on the matter.
Following a landmark Supreme Court judgement earlier this year that quashed 122 licenses issued under the 2008 sale, the government was asked to auction the airwaves again.
However, the Indian government fetched just Rs 9,407 crore, a fraction of the Rs 40,000 crore it had hoped, as the auction for the second-generation GSM spectrum ended on Wednesday.