Ruing that the former prime minister did not act despite his letter to him expressing apprehensions of something going fishy in 2G, Nath told said, "I was disappointed that the former prime minister did not act." Slamming the former CAG over his remarks, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi alleged political motive behind them.
To a question whether Mamohan Singh had made a mistake, Nath said, "He may have made a mistake. I would go along with you. I brought it to his notice. He did not understand the import" and he did not act."
At the same time, he said, "In retrospect and hindsight, gravity and magnitude was not known. It was not known to me and the former prime minister. It is very unfair to say that he knew everything."
Nath's remarks came a day after Rai came out with a stinging criticism of the former Prime Minister saying integrity is not just financial but intellectual and professional too.
"You cannot have the nation being subjugated to the state and the state being a coalition of political parties. The belief was that good politics makes good economics too. But does good politics mean just staying in power?" Rai had said.
"These are nothing but rejected allegations primarily made by Subramanian Swamy, which did not stand the scrutiny of the Supreme Court and the special CBI court," he said and suggested that the former chief auditor was in league with the BJP.
He also wondered as why he has not uttered a word on serious strictures passed by the CAG in Gujarat against then Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
While the Congress spokesperson accused Rai of showing "unsatiated hunger for publicity" before the launch of his new book, former party MPs Sanjay Nirupam and Sanjay Dikshit, who were accused by Rai of putting pressure on him, demanded an apology from him and threatened to drag him to the court.
Rai, whose loss estimates in 2G spectrum and coal block allocations pushed the then UPA government into a corner had also claimed that the then Congress MPs, including Dikshit, Nirupam and Ashwani Kumar, had sought to put pressure on him to keep the Prime Minister's name out of the said CAG reports.
At the AICC briefing, Singhvi downplayed Nath's remarks and rejected the contention that these have vindicated Rai's charge.
"Nath has said nothing of the sort what Rai said. It's a complete distortion to compare the two. Many people write letters, raise their concerns. Rai is speaking of complicity. Then he should have filed an FIR, become a witness. It is nothing but an exercise in self-advancement, self promotion," he said.
Ruing that the former prime minister did not act despite his letter to him expressing apprehensions of something going fishy in 2G, Nath told said, "I was disappointed that the former prime minister did not act."
Slamming the former CAG over his remarks, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi alleged political motive behind them.