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Former PM Manmohan Singh refuses to comment on Rai's allegations

Former PM Manmohan Singh refuses to comment on Rai's allegations

India Blooms News Service | | 15 Sep 2014, 12:07 am
New Delhi, Sept 14 (IBNS): Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday refused to comment on Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India Vinod Rai's remarks against him in connection to the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

Speaking to reporters, Singh said :"I don't want to comment on what other people say."

Rai had criticised Singh and alleged that the former Prime Minister  was aware of the controversial decisions made around the allocation of coal blocks and 2G spectrums.

"In KG basin, the PM’s remarks about Reliance in a conversation do not nail him directly, but in 2G and coal there is no way he can shirk responsibility," Rai told in an interview to the Outlook magazine.

"In 2G all the letters written by A Raja were to him and he was replying to those letters. I got no reply to any letter I wrote to him," he told the magazine.

Rai said: "On one occasion when I called on him, the PM said I hope you don’t expect a reply from me, whereas he was replying to Raja twice a day. So how can he be not held responsible for the onus of that decision? The two template responses of PM produced in court clearly lay out that he knew what Raja was proposing to do."

Speaking on the former PM's psychology, the ex-CAG said: "You cannot have the nation being subjugated to the state; and the state being a coalition of political parties. The belief was that good politics makes good economics too. But does good politics mean just staying in power? Integrity is not just financial; it is intellectual integrity; it is professional integrity. You have an oath of allegiance to the constitution and that is important."

Asked if he believed he rocked the UPA government, Rai said: “Yes, but that is okay. I am asking you a direct question – if the figure of Rs. 176,000 crore had not been there how many of you would have taken note of the report?"