Making public statements on 2G spectrum report improper: CAG

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New Delhi, Jan 12 (PTI) Hitting out at Telecom MinisterKapil Sibal and others, the government auditor CAG today saidthat public statements on its report on 2G spectrum are"highly improper" as the matter is under consideration of aParliamentary Committee.

"Making public comments on the matter which is beingconsidered by a Parliamentary Committee is highly improper andmay even amount to contempt of the House," Comptroller andAuditor General (CAG) said in a statement.

Sibal had recently slammed the CAG for its report on 2Gspectrum allocation saying that its projection of Rs 1.76 lakhcrore as presumptive loss on account of 2G spectrum allocationwas "utterly erroneous".

The Minister''s view was later supported by Congress MPand spokesperson Manish Tewari, who lashed out the CAG forviolating canons of Parliamentary propriety.

"The CAG after holding a live press conference on 2GSpectrum issue is now advising MPs not to comment on itbecause the matter is being considered by PAC.

"It is an exotic logic that after going live withpresumptive losses contained in CAG report in flagrantviolation of canons of Parliamentary propriety, now CAG isresorting to argument of propriety," Tewari had saidyesterday.

As per rules of Parliamentary procedure, the CAG said,"When any matter is under consideration of a ParliamentaryCommittee and the Committee is holding its sittings for thatpurpose, no persons, including a Member of Parliament shouldmake or publish a statement or comment about that matter".


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