Congress slams Former CAG Vinod Rai’s remarks

CAG Vinod Rai

Congress on Sunday slammed former CAG Vinod Rai for his claim that he was pressurised to drop names of those involved in scams during the UPA regime, saying “sensationalising” things has been his staple.

“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,” party leader Manish Tewari told reporters.

He said Rai was perhaps “saving these little nuggets of sensationalism for what is a post-retirement pension plan these days — that you write and create enough sensationalism around it”.

Rai, whose book is due for release in September, has claimed that UPA functionaries deputed politicians to get him to leave out names from the auditor’s reports on Coalgate and Commonwealth Games scams.

Tewari said Rai, who has already vitiated the public discourse by putting out “sensational numbers” about the scams in CAG reports, should revisit the entire issue.

“it would be my pleasure to demolish the findings which he had come to in his report so that the nation comes to know conclusively what really was the truth”, he said.

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