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R P Singh, former CAG official who disputed 2G loss, passes away

Singh, who hailed from Bihar, was a teacher before he joined the CAG in 1979, where he served 32 years.

Written by Appu Esthose Suresh | New Delhi |
December 18, 2014 1:11:35 am

R P Singh, the former CAG official who questioned the “notional loss” figure of Rs 1.76 lakh crore in the 2G spectrum allocations, succumbed to lung cancer in New Delhi Monday.

Singh, who belonged to Indian Accounts and Audit Service, was director general of Post and Telegram, which conducted the 2G Spectrum Audit in 2010. In an interview to The Indian Express in November 2012, Singh had said he was told to sign on the controversial report by the CAG headquarters even though he did not agree with its findings.

In another revelation, he had also said that CAG officials were called to Public Accounts Committee chairman and BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi’s residence on a holiday to help him prepare the controversial PAC report on the 2G spectrum allocation.

In a series of reports in The Indian Express, it was revealed that as DG(P&T), Singh had objected to the notional loss figures ranging from  Rs 65,000 crore to Rs 1.76 lakh crore, which were dictated by the CAG headquarters.

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Following the revelations, there was an uproar in Parliament and the joint parliamentary committee (JPC) investigating the scam had summoned Singh, former CAG Vinod Rai, and other concerned officials of the national auditor.

Singh, who hailed from Bihar, was a teacher before he joined the CAG in 1979, where he served 32 years.

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First published on: 18-12-2014 at 01:11:35 am
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