Senior BJP leader and PAC Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi on Saturday criticised Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal for his stand on the Comptroller and Auditor-General's estimate of losses in the 2G spectrum scam.

“In my opinion, it is highly improper. The CAG has never said that it is the exact amount. Mr. Sibal should have read the report carefully,” Mr. Joshi told journalists here, while reacting to the Telecom Minister's contention that the presumptive losses projected by the CAG were “erroneous.”

Mr. Joshi noted that the CAG had always maintained that the loss figures were presumptive and never said the figure of Rs. 1.76 lakh crore was final.

The CAG had given three limits of the presumptive loss to the exchequer in its report.

He said it was not proper for the Minister to say such things when the PAC inquiry into the report was under way.

“Whatever he wants to say, his Secretary can come and say [before PAC).”

Mr. Joshi said Mr. Sibal's party, the Congress, or its representatives could have also come and presented their views before the PAC. — PTI

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