New Delhi: BJP on Wednesday expressed reservations over appointment of Shashi Kant Sharma as CAG, saying there could be a ‘conflict of interest’ as he will be auditing defence deals in which he had a role as Defence Secretary.

"Those who have a conflict of interest should not decide.... The new CAG will look into issues in which he had a role," Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said.

"I won't comment on the person. But in the government budget, the biggest expenditure is on defence. If the auditing is on this issue, he is himself auditing it...,” the BJP leader added.

"The quality of appointments made to constitutional and statutory offices establishes that the policy of the government is to subvert these institutions," Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said.

"Be it the Election Commission, the National Human Rights Commission or the CVC, some of the appointments that the UPA made are highly questionable. At times the judiciary had to intervene for institutional protection," she said.

Sharma has spent over ten years in the Defence Ministry during which high profile and controversial deals were finalised including the VVIP Chopper agreement between the government and an Italian company AgustaWestland.

Sharma was on Tuesday appointed the next Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG). Sharma (61), 1976 Bihar cadre IAS officer will succeed Vinod Rai.


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