New Delhi: Former home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi is likely to be the next Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, people close to the development said Thursday.

Incumbent Shashi Kant Sharma completes his term as the CAG of India by September-end. Mehrishi has emerged as the top choice for the post, the people said, adding a formal order on this is expected soon. Senior bureaucrat Rajiv Gauba on Thursday took over as the new home secretary from Mehrishi.

The CAG is appointed for a term of six years or till the incumbent attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. Born on 25 September 1952, Sharma assumed the office in May 2013.

As a constitutional functionary, the CAG of India is primarily entrusted with the responsibility to audit the accounts of the union government and of the state governments of India.

CAG reports are laid before Parliament and legislatures of the states.

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