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Manmohan Singh refuses to comment on ex-CAG Vinod Rai's allegations

Sep 14, 2014 09:05 PM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh refused to comment on ex-Comptroller & Auditor General Vinod Rai's book which questioned his integrity as the PM while major scams like 2G and Coalgate took place during the UPA regime.

"I don't want to comment on what other people say", remarked Singh. They are doing their duty, I am doing my duty, I don't want to comment," he added.

Rai, who was the CAG during the UPA rule came out with a stinging criticism of the former PM saying integrity is not just financial but intellectual and professional too and claimed that Congress leaders had sought to apply pressure on him to keen the PM's name out of audit reports.

Interestingly, the former PM's daughter Daman Singh skirted questions about the ex-CAG's comments.

"Actually, I do not know anything about that. So I cannot comment. I have no idea about that. I have not heard what they have said. I cannot say anything. I really do not know and I have not heard what they have said. So, there is no point in saying anything," she said.

Daman charts the journey of her parents in her book providing new insights into the couple but keeps away from the last 10 years when Singh was heading the UPA government. The function was attended among others by former Deputy Planning Commission chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and ex-minister Shashi Tharoor.

Rai, whose loss estimates in 2G spectrum and coal block allocations pushed the then UPA government into a corner, was also critical of the coalition politics under Singh and alleged suggested that he was more interested in remaining in power.

Rai, who is writing a book on his days as head of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), said his phone was tapped by the then UPA government and he felt Singh was part of the decisions to allocate 2G telecom spectrum on first-cum-first serve basis and coal blocks without auction.

(With inputs from PTI)