UPA pressured me to drop names from CWG, Coalgate reports: Former CAG
NEW DELHI: 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.
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
PC 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
“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,”
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.