CAG Vinod Rai: Government's 'brazenness' in decision making is 'appalling'
Rai said the CBI and CVC were not independent and that was why people write about them as "handmaid of government".
"If Lokpal is expected to function with autonomy and total independence you will have to guarantee a constitutional mandate", he said.
As regards CBI, he said, "(it) is not independent of executive (and) that's why very often everybody writes Ö that CBI has become handmaid of government in power.
"Look at CVC...(it) is an another body much feared, much maligned... but still a statutory body. It is not a constitutional body," he added.
Noting that corruption can't be eliminated by enacting Lokpal law, Rai said, "...if we can conscious of that, we can reduce the cronyism or nepotism and to that extent that we can tackle this hydra monster called corruption."
Replying questions on the the way CAG's assessments were being questioned by the government and other concerned agencies, Rai said "nobody faulted us on facts...This (loss figure) is debatable... if it is not Rs 1.76 (lakh crore), it may Rs 1.6 (lakh crore) or may be Rs 2.6 (lakh crore)".
The auditors, he added, give enough chance to stakeholders to give their version of the facts during the entry and exit conferences.
"We had 2-3 exit conferences where we say if we are wrong in facts, please point us out. We gave them enough or more opportunities to correct facts. The auditor will have opinion.
In its reports, it will obviously give the opinion. But
all looters repeat to become GREAT DULY SUPPORTED.karuvoyan | 08-Feb-2013Reply | Forward PRIMA-FACIE FINDINGS -MAKE PUBLIC AFTER ARRESTING THE DOUBTED UNTRUSTWORTHY RESPONSIBLE. TIME ALLOWED ENABLE THE LOOTERS TO GET PROMOTION AS PER THE ORDER OF THE DAY.POWERS OF PROSECUTION IS A MUST AS VESTED WITH TRIBUNALS.
corrupt govt.priyanka | 09-Nov-2012Reply | Forward govt. is outrightly indulged in scams and scandals. entire party has been asked by sonia to do record scandals those who can and remaining members have been issued a verbal whip to save scandalous ministers and MPs. Why vadra has not been enquired so far.
CAG is not parliament.Rahul B Khachane | 08-Nov-2012Reply | Forward CAG is not only crossing its limits but also giving signals of illiteracy within bureaucracy. Bureaucracy rather than playing politics should understand how politics works. Vinod Rai and VK Singh both have made their own organizations shame in our constitutional as well as democratic legacy. This CAG neither understands what accountability refers to not what transparency refers to. Its just fake numbers and media propaganda. 2G and coal scams are based on pre assumed assumptions which have no concrete logical as well as economic base. Its just that India is unfortunate to have these bureaucrats in her administrative mechanism.
CAG and ParliamentAzadii | 09-Nov-2012Reply | Forward CAG may not be parliament but it is not less than parliament. CAG is a responsible govt. organisation. It is not like irresponsible parliament that comes for 5 years,allow its ministers to do scams and scandals and make black money for postarities.