New Delhi: Former Telecom Minister A Raja, facing trial in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, has given a notice in the Lok Sabha for discussing the contentious 1.76 lakh crore loss figure, estimated by CAG.

According to media reports, Lok Sabha Secretariat has confirmed receiving the notice under Rule 193, which provides for a short term discussion on a subject without voting. The LS Secretariat will now seek the Finance Ministry’s view on whether it would like a discussion on the CAG’s functioning in the House. Speaker Meira Kumar is expected to take a decision on Raja’s notice after she receives the views of all concerned parties.

The former CAG official RP Singh had recently alleged that he was forced to sign on the 2010 audit report to the Parliament that had estimated a loss of Rs. 1.76 lakh crore on account of spectrum sale. He also resurrected the controversy on assessment of loss in allocation of 2G spectrum to the private firms. Singh had claimed that he had estimated a loss of only Rs 2645 crore and he had signed the report containing Rs 1.76 lakh crore loss on the orders of his superiors.

DMK, a key ally of the ruling coalition at the Centre, had come under lot of pressure when the CAG, in its 2010 report, claimed a Rs 1.76 lakh crore loss in allocation of spectrums to the private firms.  Then Telecom Minister A Raja, a minister from DMK quota in the government, had to resign in the wake of the controversy and was subsequently he was arrested. DMK chief Karunanidhi had last week strongly pitched for a multi-member CAG, saying the recent flopped auction of 2G spectrum that netted only about Rs 9,000 crore had proved wrong the top auditor's report on 2G allocation.


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