New Delhi: In order to prevent the CAG report on KG-D6 basin going the 2G way, the ruling Congress has questioned the top audit agency’s authority and its area of jurisdiction. Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Friday said the CAG is just an agency that authenticates figures.

Notably, the CAG has raised fingers at Union Petroleum Minister Jaipal Reddy for favouring Reliance Industries in KG-D6 field coast.

“CAG is not an investigating agency but an agency that maintains datas,” said Digvijay, adding that Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) led by Murli Manohar Joshi will ultimately analyse it and the concerned minister will subsequently answer that.

However,he slammed the concerned Ministers for remaining silent and not raising their voice over the issue. “I am astonished that why senior ministers are keeping mum and are unable to understand CAG’s relevance and significance,” Digvijay quipped referring indirectly to senior Cabinet members P Chidambaram and Murli Deora.

Observers believe that Congress is trying to nip the problem in the bud. Earlier, Congress Spokesperson Manish Tewari also lashed out at the CAG for leaking such reports in public.

“CAG reports are Parliament’s asset, leaking of which is a matter of grave concern,” Tewari said.

Recently, the CAG had observed that the Petroleum Minister at the cost of the government’s own financial stakes went out all the way to help Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries during the development of KG-D6 basin in 2004-06.

According to sources, the report also rapped the Oil Ministry and its technical arm DGH for allegedly favouring Reliance by allowing it to double KG-D6 gas field’s cost.

BJP trains guns at UPA

After cornering UPA over the 2G scam, PAC Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi has now launched a scathing attack on the government over KG-D6 basin row. Terming the leak of the CAG report a serious issue, Joshi asked the Centre to investigate the report.

Notably, if the CAG report is investigated then it will come to PAC for further probe sooner or later.

“Government has to explain that why the EGoM all of a sudden decided to hike the prices of petro products,” he said.

While targeting Chidambaram, Joshi also demanded his resignation.

JPN/Bureau