New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a PIL challenging appointment of Shashi Kant Sharma as the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).

Shashi Kant Sharma sworn-in as CAG

A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir asked the petitioners, including former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami and former Chief of Naval Staff Admiral (retd) RH Tahiliani, to approach the High Court which is "equally equipped to deal with the matter".

The PIL stated that Sharma's appointment was arbitrary, opaque and made without any procedure. It contended that the matter rakes up a debate over conflict of interest as now the auditing of the defence deals between 2003 and 2010 - the time when he was in the Defence Ministry- would be done under his supervision.

Sharma spent over ten years as the Defence Secretary when the high profile and controversial deals were finalized including the VVIP Chopper agreement between the government and an Italian company AgustaWestland.

Senior advocate Fali S Nariman, appearing for the petitioners, submitted that the court should intervene in the matter, saying it is an “important matter”.

Sharma was sworn-in as CAG by President Pranab Mukherjee on May 23. The 61-year-old 1976-batch Bihar cadre IAS officer succeeded Vinod Rai, who had demitted office a day earlier after his five-and-a-half year tenure.

(JPN/Agencies)

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