Shashi Kant Sharma was sworn in as the Comptroller and Auditor General of India by President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony in the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Thursday.
A 1976 batch officer of the Indian Administrative Service (Bihar Cadre), Mr. Sharma assumed the office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India after being administered the oath of office. He will have a tenure up to September 24, 2017.
Mr. Sharma, who replaced Vinod Rai, has wide experience in the fields of public administration, financial services and infrastructure development and prior to his new assignment served as the Defence Secretary. He has also served as Secretary, Department of Financial Services in the Ministry of Finance; and as Secretary, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. Mr. Sharma has also worked as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Defence; as Principal Commissioner, Delhi Development Authority; and as Director, Ministry of Human Resources Development.
His appointment, however, has been criticised by the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Aam Admi Party on grounds of “conflict of interest” as he will be auditing defence deals, which were finalised during his tenure as Defence Secretary. A public interest litigation was also filed in the Supreme Court challenging his appointment.