In the 2G debris, questions for the CAG
The CAG has done sterling work over the yearsbut the 2G case shows that it also suffers from institutional shortcomings
The allegedly largest scam in the country’s history has loomed large in the public imagination for well over half a decade. It will not fade away quietly. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) means to appeal the special court’s verdict, for one. For another, given the 2G affair’s role in laying the Manmohan Singh government low, the verdict will continue to resonate politically, with a cycle of state polls next year and the general elections in 2019. And Videocon—which was among those hit by the Supreme Court’s cancellation of 122 licences in 2012 and is now preparing to file a Rs10,000 crore compensation claim against the government—may well be the first in a procession of claimants. Among the most important takeaways, however, is the overreach of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).