DMK backs multi-member CAG

The DMK, an ally of the UPA government at the Centre, on Monday pitched for a multi-member CAG, citing the recent auction of 2G spectrum which earned the government only about Rs 9,000 crore.

"The recent auction for 2G spectrum has proved that the CAG's calculation of presumptive loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore was completely erroneous. What is wrong in increasing the number of members so as to prevent such mistakes," said Karunanidhi.

The opposition parties had accused the government of trying to dilute powers of the CAG, following reports that it was considering making it a multi-member body.

Karunanidhi sought to draw parallels between the office of the CAG and the Election Commission which is manned by three persons. He said Union ministers Manish Tewari, V Narayanasamy and Kapil Sibal have already sought explanations by the CAG over the figure cited as the presumptive loss in the 2G case.

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