Tewari Slams CAG for Criticising Govt on Foreign Soil
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Slamming the CAG for criticising the government on foreign soil, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari today said Constitutional authorities should circumscribe by Lakshman Rekha propriety.

"...It is most unfortunate that C and AG rather than validating the integrity of his numbers (on 2G presumptive loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore) chooses to criticise the Government on foreign soil and at a foreign fora," Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari told reporters here.

He was responding to questions about CAG Vinod Rai's remarks at Harvard Kennedy School yesterday rebutting criticism that he was exceeding the mandate and saying that the auditor was treading a "new path in the belief that the final stakeholder is the public at large".

"...The question is about the integrity of numbers. Our question to Mr C and AG, where is the 1.76 lakh crore (loss), still continues to hang in the air," Tewari said.

He said this was not the first time he (the CAG) had done it (criticising the government). "And this is not the first time that he has done it, I think constitutional authorities, you know, should circumscribe by the Lakshman Rekha propriety."

Delivering a lecture at the Harvard Kennedy, Rai, whose reports on various scams had raised hackles of those in government, had said the CAG would endeavour to uncover instances of crony capitalism and counselled the government to support enterprises per se and not entrepreneurs.

"We may not be able to wipe out corruption, but our endeavour is to uncover instances of crony capitalism. Government should be seen to support enterprise per se and not particular entrepreneurs," Rai, who has come under government criticism for reports on various scams like in telecom and coal, said.

Asked about European Union raising the issue of accountability for 2002 Gujarat riots, Tewari said he wondered why Chief Minister Narendra Modi could not stand up and take responsibility as it happened under his watch rather than India being subjected to these homilies from foreign diplomats." I think, there is a certain ignominy attached to it."
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Daily Mail

Feb 11, 2013
07:02 AM

>> According to a BJP stooge

So says an ISI stooge!

Whats InAName, San Francisco
Feb 11, 2013
03:52 AM


>> "a highly professional and ethical person like Shri Vinod Rai.."

According to a BJP stooge!

Anwaar, Dallas
Feb 10, 2013
10:55 PM

 The problem that toadies like Manish Tiwari and Digvijay Singh have is that they are operating in unfamiliar territory. They are so accustomed to bleating in chorus and singing hosannas to the royal family, that they do not have any idea of how to deal with someone like Vinod Rai who speaks his mind.

If Tiwari had the slightest sense of propriety, he would realise how uncouth it is for a Union Minister to criticise a Constitutional authority. Tiwari seems unaware that the CAG is not a palace servant.

Bonita, Chennai
Feb 10, 2013
10:04 PM

 Where are our LEFT LIBERAL BLEEDING HEART FEUDALS who speak about Freedom of expression rights being absolute? The CAG has expressed his Point of view and what he said does not violate the law of land (here or there).So what is the problem with you CONGIE CROOKS? Your misrule will be there for atleast 15 months but that doesnt mean we should not speak anything against your destruction by stealth of India..

Ramki, Delhi
Feb 10, 2013
10:02 PM

 Anwaar >> Vinod Rai is a BJP stooge.

Devil Quoting scriptures... 

That is, a professional Congress stooge talking about a highly professional and ethical person like Shri Vinod Rai..

Ramki, Delhi
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