A former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) official told a parliamentary panel that his assessment of the loss to the exchequer from alleged wrondoing in the allocation of second-generation (2G) telecom licences was less than what appeared in the final report by the watchdog agency.
File photo of former Telecom Minister Andimuthu Raja being produced at Patiala House court in New Delhi in connection with the 2G scam. Padeep Gaur/Mint
Former director general, audit, R.P. Singh, told the joint parliamentary committee that his assessment had been Rs2,645 crore, against the figure of Rs1.76 trillion crore mentioned in the CAG report.
According to a person familiar with the development, Singh said he had cited the lower figure on 31 May, 2010, but was asked to sign a report that contained the higher figure on 19 July in line with orders from CAG headquarters.
Comptroller and auditor general Vinod Rai had also been expected to meet the panel but his appearance has been postponed.
Singh’s submission came amid reports of divisions within the audit agency over the 2G report.