Rai, whose loss estimates in 2G spectrum and coal block allocations pushed the then UPA government into a corner, was also critical of the coalition politics under Manmohan Singh and suggested that he was more interested in remaining in power.
    
"Integrity is not just financial; it is intellectual integrity; it is professional integrity. You have an oath of allegiance to the constitution and that is important," he told a magazine.
    
He was asked what was his understanding of PM's psychology considering that many revered him as an elder statesman.
     
Rai replied, "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, who is writing a book on his days as head of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), said that his phone was tapped by the then UPA government and he felt Manmohan Singh was a part of the decisions to allocate 2G telecom spectrum on first-cum-first serve basis and coal blocks without auction.

"In 2G and coal there is no way he (Singh) can shirk responsibility. In 2G all the letters written by (then telecom Minister) A Raja were to him and he was replying to those letters. I got no reply to any letter I wrote to him. On one occasion when I called on him, the PM said I hope you don't expect a reply from me, whereas he was replying to Raja twice a day. So how can he be not held responsible for the onus of that decision?" Rai said.
     
Recalling that Manmohan Singh had on November 16, 2010 told him that the figure of Rs 1.76 lakh crore 2G loss was not the right way of computing, Rai said that he had told the then prime minister, "Sir, these are the econometric methods that you have taught us. This was sitting on the stage of Vigyan Bhavan".

Rai’s claims 'outright lie', says Nirupam
    
Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam has rejected as an ‘outright lie’ the claim by former CAG Vinod Rai that along with party members Sandeep Dikshit and Ashwani Kumar he had sought to put pressure on the chief auditor to keep the then prime minister Manmohan Singh's name out of the reports on the 2G and coal-block allocations.
    
In an interview to a news channel, Rai claimed that then Congress MPs, including Sandeep Dikshit, Sanjay Nirupam and Ashwani Kumar, had sought to put pressure on him to keep the former prime minister's name out of the said CAG reports.
    
"That was a futile attempt," Rai said.

Rejecting the charge, Nirupam said, "Rai has told an outright lie. I never talked to him. I challenge his memory and want to remind him that I never met him."
    
The AICC secretary also claimed he had strongly criticized the CAG at the meetings of the Murli Manohar Joshi-led Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which was examining the audit watchdog's report on the 2G Spectrum allocation.
    
"I also want to remind him that I had attacked the CAG strongly at the PAC meeting and said that the report was a total fraud and politically motivated. I had also said that the CAG should be interrogated by PAC. But Joshiji did not allow it," Nirupam said.
    
Rai, whose estimates of purported losses in the 2G spectrum and coal block allocations had pushed the then UPA government into a corner, has also criticized former prime minister Manmohan Singh, saying that integrity is not just financial but intellectual and professional too.
    
He was also critical of the coalition politics under Manmohan Singh and suggested that he was more interested in remaining in power.

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