UPA pressured me to drop names from CWG, Coalgate reports: Former CAG Vinod Rai

Vinod Rai claimed that UPA functionaries had deputed politicians to get him to leave out names from the audit reports.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: October 19, 2016 6:58 pm
rai Vinod Rai claimed that UPA functionaries had deputed politicians to get him to leave out names from the audit reports. (Source: IE archive)

In a fresh embarrassment to the erstwhile UPA regime, particularly to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai has claimed that coalition functionaries had deputed politicians to get him to leave out names from the audit reports in the Coalgate and Commonwealth Games scams.

In remarks damning the previous dispensation, he has also claimed that UPA functionaries had roped in even his colleagues in the IAS, to which he belonged before his appointment as CAG, to persuade him to leave out names.

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Like some of the books that have recently hit the stands including those by the media adviser of the former prime minister Sanjay Baru, former External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh and former Coal Secretary P C Parakh that have been severe on Singh and his government, Rai is penning his views in his forthcoming book “Not Just An Accountant” to be released in October, that will be critical of the UPA regime.

Rai, who had demitted office last year after several run-ins with the UPA government and had estimated a “notional” loss of Rs. 1.76 lakh crore in the 2G spectrum allocation and Rs.1.86 lakh crore in Coal Block allocations, was severe in his comments to Times of India on Singh.

He said he would provide details of how fight for survival had led Singh to acquiesce to decisions which caused huge loss to the exchequer.

“See the prime minister is the first among equals.He has to take the last call which sometimes he did, sometimes he didn’t.Everything cannot be sacrificed only to remain in power. Governance cannot be sacrificed at the altar of compulsion of coalition politics. I have said it in the book,” he said.

On Sunday, Rai refused to meet reporters who reached his residence and declined to comment on the report. But sources close to him said, “Each and every word in the book is factually correct. The purpose is not to tarnish image of somebody but to help in improving governance.” When asked why Rai is making these comments now and not earlier, the sources said, he was holding a constitutional post at that time and it would have undermined the status of the institution which he headed.

“Now he is free to talk about it and in the book he has spoken about every person, taking their names, who had criticised the institution and the mandate of the CAG to do performance audit,” the sources said.

They said the title of the book was inspired from a Supreme Court observation in a judgement in a PIL that “the CAG is not just a munim (account).”

Rai also said it was during the meetings of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee that he came under pressure from the Congress members of the Committee, who put tough and hostile questions to him.

The language used in the book is so simple that people from all walks of life including students can understand, they said.

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    John Rock
    Aug 24, 2014 at 3:54 pm
    hehe. you mean by exposing previous government's scams and cover ups, he is un-necessarily creating problems??. This type of hands off mentality by Hindus led to 800 yrs of foreign rule in Indian civilization. I am sure u are one of the self loathing, pseudo-secularists who believes that it is good that Indian civilization was colonized for 800 yrs
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      Mo
      Aug 24, 2014 at 3:52 pm
      He ought to have resigned at that time than to give in to the government's intervention.
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        Gaurav
        Aug 24, 2014 at 9:04 am
        Yet another public stunt from a retired CAG by releasing his book. Retired Bureaucrats, Judges, Officers and now CAG is trying to appease RSS led union govt.
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          Chandrakant Marathe
          Aug 24, 2014 at 7:26 am
          It is no surprise that Manmohan Singh and his government tried every trick to cover up scams. Manmohan is the chief architect of UPA's corruption. India knows this...
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            H1N1
            Aug 24, 2014 at 11:48 pm
            I read Natwars Singh One life is not enough. He just criticises Sonia...but does deilver the real goodies that will knock her out. He is paid off by Sonia and Piyucka...to not reveal the details of the scams and illegal money made by them so they do not get locked up. Natwars book is half ed
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              H1N1
              Aug 24, 2014 at 11:15 pm
              Why call it gate at the end????no originality?? Just coal scam and commonwealth fraud would work. WTF is gate???? Are you such losers that you have to borrow from the oprginal watergate scandal.....aping....is done by Apes. And you are Indians. Use your own language in siimple terms. No need to put ma like Gate at the end. Still English ka Ghulam.
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                Trish
                Aug 25, 2014 at 9:32 am
                Do tell HOW Exactly is "He unnecessarily created problems for the country"? Please tell. Based on your answer I'll either laugh away or provide a serious answer.
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                  Trish
                  Aug 24, 2014 at 10:38 am
                  Does it matter if a retired CAG guy publishes a book? You, in keeping such a narrow-minded view, are forgetting that it is YOUR MONEY along with billion others that was being scammed off by the UPA.Or do you want them not to publish any books, for us to remain in dark and the same corrupt politicians be voted in again and again? Make up your mind.
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                    Trish
                    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:33 am
                    Probably if you read the book then maybe you'll find the answer there...
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                      Trish
                      Aug 25, 2014 at 9:36 am
                      Yeah, shoot the messenger, why don't we? I don't mind if he is greedy and writing a book on UPA if it means UPA's real face is exposed and I am less ignorant.
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                        Santano Fernandes
                        Aug 24, 2014 at 5:03 pm
                        Everyone is out to make money by writing books of UPA, I hope the PM modi learn this and shoot a person who had confidential information before he leaves office otherwise books writing will continue non stop. In India everyone is greedy, who knows what Rai and his family has done, did anyone inspect or essed the property he has amed as an IAS officer, first he has to make his property, ets, bank balances public and become clean like Anna Hazare and live on beds without mattress then he can publish his book. Not only the politicians all officers in the Government are conduits for corruption and only making money by hook or crook
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                          Santano Fernandes
                          Aug 25, 2014 at 2:12 pm
                          Kalpil Dev Suri you will be first target of UPA when it bounces back to power in 5 years with a full Majority, so prepare either to live India or go inside.the Jail, Your choice, next time UPA will not make such mistakes and appoint like this people, everyone will see the jail if they act smart
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                            Kapil Dev Suri
                            Aug 25, 2014 at 4:50 am
                            YOU SEEMS TO BE ITALIAN AS YOU ARE TALKING NONSENSE . NO PARTY EVEN CONGRESS RAISED THEIR FINGER ON VINOD RAI A PERFECT GENTLEMANESS AND HIS ABILITY first you disclose the ests of sonia and rahul who amed huge wealth from national hearald and mafia land deals of her JAWIN. ? Vinod raiS fault is only that he exposed the scandals of congress leaders scams by which govt has to suffer one lac eighty six thousand crores rupee which would have been used for the welfare of public . YOU CORRUPT CONGRESS SYMPETHISER REBUKE THE HONEST OFFICER FOR AUDITING THE GOVT MALAFIDE SPENT EXPENDITURE AND THEIR ACTIONS WHICH CAUSED GOVT HEAVY LOSS DUE TO THEIR INVOLVMENT IN VARIOUS SCADALS WHICH HE DID HONESTLY BY EXPOSING MANMOHAN SINGH AND SONIA NEXUS TO SHOW THE PUBLIC THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN SCANDALS .HE WAS PRESSURIZED NOT TO REVEAL THE TRUTH ABOUT THEIR INVOLVMENT IN SCAMS , BUT FOR THE COUNTRY INTEREST HE DECLINED THE OFFER AND SHOWN THE PUBLIC REAL UGLY FACE OF CONGRESS . . .
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                              Kuldeep Saxena
                              Aug 24, 2014 at 10:15 pm
                              Some of the untold stories revealed by some of the beaurocrates come up with their experiences with the past Governments politicians. Even earlier fro the earlier days 'All the Prime Ministers men. One by one the layers of previous Government is being unraveled. The Exposure from the top person looking after the CAG. No doubts things moved from bad to worse during the last ten years. What ever one wanted he did that but no answer-ability/ or accountability. It is good on the part of Modi Government that they have not yet set any commission of inquiry but it is self declarations by individuals. It will be good if the untold story is revealed better it would be for the Nation.
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                                mona Rajput
                                Aug 24, 2014 at 2:34 pm
                                Chief facilitator
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                                  mona Rajput
                                  Aug 24, 2014 at 2:36 pm
                                  How? By exposing Manmohan's true face? But RSS already knows what Manmohan was upto.
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                                    narayan
                                    Aug 24, 2014 at 10:16 am
                                    the revelations of names should have been during the elections.
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                                      NK
                                      Aug 24, 2014 at 9:19 pm
                                      Hope JV is not tax payer.. it burns us bcz we pay lax of tax per year and watching helpless which is becoming wealth of politicians thise are not having self respect. If MMS having selft respect then he would have stopped/talk against these scams instead he is supporthing. Bull !!
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                                        NK
                                        Aug 24, 2014 at 9:21 pm
                                        Hope it is not more than series of scams done by govt in past 10yrs
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                                          NK
                                          Aug 24, 2014 at 9:41 pm
                                          To make sure some guys here – One cannot talk when he/she isholding consutional job. Even Mr.Rai did the same and dint talk when he wasin position. Nothing wrong in that –1. One cannot blame others unless having properproof and Mr. Rai is not blaming ordinary man here, Yes it is Mr.MMS who has tojustify on this.2. Mr Parekh,Baru,Rai not belongs to any party tosay it conspiracy – they have worked closely with congress govt in past10yrs.If they saying some wrong doings by Previous govt, then Mr. MMS mustjustify what he is and he knows that he cant, bcz it is proven in court.3. Mr. Natawar Singh is member of congress govt andsenior person. His statement must be accepted/ble by congress.4. If these all allegations are false then why congressnot pulling these people to court. They cant !!5. Just for an example Even so many books/articlescame on Mr.Modi on 2002 riots and fake encounters. Court judged as he is notculprit. Remember at that time congress was in govt.6. Congresshas dented its image by wrong doings and protecting wrong doers. That’s why pplvoted against it, though they are not learning lessons.ppl will do same for all parties if they do same.7. I belong to Karnataka and Congress is in state,remember all the schemes congress got are ridiculous, appeasing minority, providingfacility to only some caste, dividing ppl based on caste. You guys laugh lauderif you hear those schemes !! man..
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                                            oldtimer
                                            Aug 24, 2014 at 11:50 am
                                            What stopped you Mr. Rai? Did they threaten to harm you? Did they promise you something in return?
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