'Where I said "you told the paper" should have been phrased “you suggested to the paper that Joshi sought to influence the CAG report".'
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Karan Thapar's reply to questions by The Indian Express on his interview with R P Singh, former DG (post and telecommunication), in which Singh said he had been misquoted by The Indian Express report on November 23, '2G report not mine, was told to sign it':
On Friday, November 23, in its front page lead story, The Indian Express wrote: "Asked if there was an attempt by the PAC chairman to influence the outcome of the CAG's 2G report before it was tabled in Parliament, Singh said "it appears" from a note prepared by R B Sinha, DG at CAG headquarters, that there were 'some telephone calls by the PAC chairman to access the 2G report which was under preparation'."
This is clearly a clever way of stating that Mr R P Singh had said Dr (Murli Manohar) Joshi attempted to influence the CAG's 2G report before it was tabled in Parliament.
Furthermore, this is how the above sentence was understood by The Hindu newspaper which, on Saturday, November 24, said in a front page story with specific reference to The Indian Express: "The former chief auditor in the Comptroller and Auditor General's office, R P Singh, virtually accus(ed) BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi of using his position as chief of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament to influence the final CAG report on the 2G issue."
Second, this is also how CPI national Secretary D Raja understood The Indian Express sentence, as can be seen from his quotation carried by The Hindu on the November 24: "The allegation that he influenced the report is very serious." If I am not mistaken, Mr Raja made similar statements outside Parliament on Friday morning before Parliament began at 11.00 am.
Third, I assume and believe that the same understanding of The Indian Express sentence lies behind Sonia Gandhi's comment to TV channels that the BJP has been "exposed" by Mr R P Singh's revelations.
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