GUWAHATI/NEW DELHI, Jan 8 � Opposition parties today slammed as bizarre, flawed and a cover-up exercise Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal�s stand that there was no loss at all on account of the controversial 2G spectrum allocation after debunking CAG estimates of a Rs 1.76 lakh crore loss, reports PTI.
The Opposition leaders including PAC Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi also hit out at Sibal for his strident criticism of the CAG saying it was highly objectionable and alleged his stand was an attemmpt designed to save the former Telecom minister A Raja, who had to resign in the wake of the 2G scam, and other beneficiaries.
Congress on its part defended Sibal from the Opposition attack saying it found nothing wrong in his criticism of the government auditor and that any MP or minister can raise a question mark on a CAG report based on the findings.
Joshi, a senior BJP leader, said Sibal�s stand was �improper� and demonstrated his �very casual� approach.
�In my opinion, it is highly improper. The CAG has never said that it is the exact amount. Mr Sibal should have read the report carefully,� Joshi said here while reacting to the Telecom Minister�s contention that the presumptive losses projected by the CAG was �erroneous�.
Sibal�s attack on CAG showed that �he has been very casual and ill beholds of the Minister to talk ill of the CAG,
Terming as �bizzare� Sibal�s stand, CPI-M said it appeared to be �a cover up exercise� to shield the beneficiaries of the scam.
CPI-M Politburo member Sitaram Yechury described as �flawed� Sibal�s argument that the CAG methodology on presumptive loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore was erroneous.