Govt denies CAG multi-body comment

Last Updated: Sun, Nov 11, 2012 21:24 hrs

New Delhi, Nov 11 (IBNS) Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V Narayanasamy on Sunday rubbished a news agency reports quoting him that the government is mulling to make the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) a multi-member body.

Amid a battle of words between the ruling Congress leaders and the CAG over the latter´s functioning and independence, a news agency reported quoted Narayanasamy saying that the government is actively considering to make CAG a multi-member body.

But the minister later vehemently denied the report.

He told reporters that he was completely misquoted by the agency journalist who had called him for an interview but never asked in detail about CAG.

"He put words in my mouth. I did not say that," said Narayanasamy, denying the report.

On Thursday last, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh criticised the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Vinod Rai on the anti-government comments at the World Economic Forum (WEF) meet and asked why he was not doing anything to stop ´leaks of reports from his office´.

Rai mentioned about brazenness in decision making in the government.

Creating a controversy, Rai had said: "The brazenness with which decisions were being taken is actually appalling."

To this, Singh said: "I wonder why CAG is not doing anything to stop leaks of reports from his office."

Congress leader and Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari also slammed Rai and said he was part of the same government that the CAG is accused of corruption.

"If he talks about brazenness in decision-making and it refers to the time period of this particular government, I think it would be worth its while to recall that he was part of the same government from 2004 to 2008," Tewari told reporters.

"So, I guess that when he talks about brazenness, that paradigm equally applies across the board to everybody who is a part of the government," he said.

Rai said that for too long, politicians have believed they were entitled to govern without accountability.

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