Former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai’s claim that political leaders sent by then UPA government had approached him to get names dropped from audit reports on coal block allocation and Commonwealth Games scams, has triggered a political controversy. While the BJP asked Congress to reveal names of the leaders who approached Rai, the Congress slammed him for “sensationalising” the issue before his book’s publication.
“We want the Congress to reveal the names of those who were putting pressure on the former CAG. Who were those people who had established contacts with Vinod Rai and went to his home?,” BJP spokesperson Bizay Sonkar Shastri asked. Another BJP leader Sambit Patra said: “I believe that the kind of subversion the constitutional institution was subjected to by the Congress is out in the open today,” Patra said. Rai’s book Not Just an Accountant, on his experience as the CAG, is to be released soon. Congress leader Manish Tewari questioned why Rai had not made the development public when it happened.
“If at all, he was under any pressure or he was being coerced either obliquely, directly, implicitly that certain people be named and others deleted, was it not incumbent upon him to make it public at that point of time,” Tewari asked.