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I was made to sign on 2G report: R.P. Singh

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File photo of R.P. Singh, former Director General of Audit (Post and Telecommunications), CAG, arrives to appear before PAC in New Delhi.
PTI File photo of R.P. Singh, former Director General of Audit (Post and Telecommunications), CAG, arrives to appear before PAC in New Delhi.

The former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) official, R.P. Singh, who has created a storm with his statements on the 2G spectrum allocation audit, on Saturday claimed that his superiors gave him a “written order” following which he signed on the final report giving a presumptive loss figure of Rs. 1.76 lakh crore.

Mr. Singh, who headed the CAG team that audited the 2G spectrum allocation, maintained that he had never put the particular figure in his draft report.

“They [senior CAG officials] told me that this is the final report and asked me to sign on it. So I followed the instruction,” Mr. Singh told PTI.

He claimed “there was no opportunity to show one’s difference of opinion.”

“I prepared the report. Why I removed those figures I explained and thereafter submitted it to the higher authorities. This is their report and their responsibility. They again put those loss figures. What can I do in this?”

Mr. Singh had in his draft report given a figure of Rs. 2,645 crore as loss on account of 2G spectrum sale in 2008.

Asked why he decided to speak now on the issue, Mr. Singh said: “2G auction has just closed and price has been found through market discovery and the figure that has been found is very less. The CAG report had cited much higher loss.

“Some reporters had asked about low price discovery. I said whatever figure is in the report that is presumptive loss and this is the actual price discovery.”

He said the CAG had already said that the presumptive loss figure was debatable, disputable and questionable and “this is not actual loss.”

“This is actual discovery through market forces. So obviously there is a difference and this is what I told journalists,” Mr. Singh said.

Political storm

The CAG report tabled in Parliament in 2010 had created a political storm. The controversy over spectrum allocation also led to cancellation to 122 licences by the Supreme Court in February this year.

Saying that Public Accounts Committee Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi never asked him any question, Mr. Singh said, “Nobody asked me any question on the presumptive loss thing.”

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i do not know how this person hold this post,a person of his level
should stoop down this level.we doubt his integrity,we feel he might have received a lump sum to say this

from:  l.s.mohandoss
Posted on: Nov 25, 2012 at 23:44 IST

I was made to sign on 2G audit report: R.P. Singh:
After the failure of 2G auction,this is the second candy from UPA
Government to the people of India.The UPA Government and the Congress
party will develop such stories to make us believe that the Comptroller
and Auditor General's report on 2G spectrum was wrong as they had
maintained all along.

from:  SHEIKH SHOWKAT
Posted on: Nov 24, 2012 at 21:36 IST

Mr R.P. Singh's comments raises many questions. First of All, If R.P.
Singh could be made to sign something that he do not agree with,shows
that R.P. Singh is an spine-less officer and has very low integrity
and credibility, and he could not be trusted. In the CAG office there
are many avenues to address and notify the disagreements.
In PAC hearing why didn't R.P Singh give any indication that he was
forced to sign this report or he do not agree with this report.
Conduct of R.P. Singh looks very suspicious.

One do not have to be super intelligent to understand that why R.P
singh choose to talk on this issue when Parliament is ON and Congress
Party need some helping hand. I have no doubt that R.P. Singh is
fielded by Congress to counter opposition parties who are cornering
Congress on Corruption, FDI, Lokepal etc...
Shame on Congress, it is destroying all the democratic institutions
to cover up its own corruption and misdeeds.

from:  Deepak
Posted on: Nov 24, 2012 at 21:25 IST

That is the depth to which country has sunk.Instead of resigning,R P Singh signs
on dotted line (according to him) attributing 1.7L Crore putative loss to the
country.See what harm he did 1.Country has been tainted with scan of huge
proportion.2.Credibility of PMO and Min of Telecom is under cloud.3.Opposition
was misled.4.Parliament spent useless hours on this account and latest 5.Auction
of 2G was pegged on total unrealistic figure.
R P Singh is a disgrace to his family and the country.How he came to occupy the
post must be investigated.Such spineless,gutless officers should not be promoted
beyond certain basic stage.

from:  Diva Das
Posted on: Nov 24, 2012 at 21:17 IST

Whatever you say Mr. Singh, It will not change the fact that most Indians have lost faith in political leaders and administration system. Radical steps need to be taken to restore the faith of common man in democracy.

from:  suneel
Posted on: Nov 24, 2012 at 21:09 IST

This comment of former CAG official Mr R P Singh is very dangerous for our Indian democracy. When Mr R P Singh says that "he was made to sign the CAG report" it means that he is not qualified for that post. Also interestingly he makes this comment many months after he retired successfully from his post. He was a government servant of an independent constitutional body. If he acted (as he says) due to coercion then he himself did a crime in the first place. Also if he was coerced that time, how can we believe that this statement of him is not due to some other coercion again. So his statement has not meaning and all careful Indian citizens must ignore this man his comments. Mr R P Singh must understand that his action is meant to do harm to Indian democracy. Congress (Sonia Gandhi) made a very bad mistake to do politics based on Mr R P Singh's comments.

from:  Binay Mahanta
Posted on: Nov 24, 2012 at 21:08 IST

Reports and declarations like this leave me wondering is it only the
huge numbers the issues to worry? Now the parliamentarians will debate
over this confession, where is the feeling "for the nation"?

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Nov 24, 2012 at 21:08 IST

What he has been doing for over 3 years when the CAG revealed the scam
and SC ordered for detailed investigations.

from:  Anbazhagan
Posted on: Nov 24, 2012 at 20:51 IST

It is painful to note that an official, for whatever his reasons may
be, is trying to undermine a constitutional authority to aid the
RULING...
The UPA is hell-bent to discredit the CAG, which had in its report
explained its calculations and the CAG didn't give one but few more
figures to show that loss indeed had occurred due to corrupt
practices.
However, Mr. Singh's assertion/insinuation that since the current
bidding fizzled CAG is at fault is only the party-line of 'you know
who'. I didn't expect this from a well-educated person, as it is
obvious to even the lame that the current market situation is not the
case in 2008. Now there is financial crisis not then.. In the last 8
years, UPA has earned itself an unassailable reputation for corruption
which has corroded the investor confidence. For example: the vodafone
case. These along with policy paralysis to control inflation are main
reasons for the bidding debacle but hiring an official speaks low of
the party and the person himsel

from:  Bharat
Posted on: Nov 24, 2012 at 20:49 IST

This situation reminds us of the Poat-Emergency era when the then Prime Minister Morarjibhai Desai had exhorted the Bureaucrats to fearlessly record their opinions on the files, assuring them that no witch hunting would be done against honest officers for their dissenting voice. He had forgotten that the steel frame was no more in place.. Mr. R.P singh had the honourable option of refusimnhg to sign a Report which he was unabble to accept as his and own up, but he chose to comply with unlawful orders from the Seniors to sign on the dotted lines.Had he resisted at that time, his credibility would have been sky high.Today ,it has become suspect, for this reason alone.THIS FATE AWAITS ALL COMPLIANT AND PLIABLE OFFICERS.

from:  C S Radhakrishnan
Posted on: Nov 24, 2012 at 20:48 IST
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