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Former CAG Vinod Rai refutes rumours of joining politics, says it's not his cup of tea

Sep 15, 2014 03:30 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: Former comptroller and auditor general Vinod Rai on Monday refuted all rumours of his political ambitions. The remarks came after Rai's upcoming book 'Not Just An Accountant' accused former prime minister Manmohan Singh of not taking stand against corruption.

He said, "I sincerly believe politics is a good profession and that good people need to go into politics also, but it is not my cup of tea."

Rai, who was the CAG during the UPA rule came out with a stinging criticism of Singh saying integrity was 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.

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 the 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.