Prasad rubbishes Congress charges on alternate telecom audit

New Delhi, July 8 (IANS) Reacting sharply to the Congress’ charges of “mal-intent” in the central government ordering an alternate audit by the Telecom Ministry of six telecom companies, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday said “it’s beyond truth”.

“I condemn the charges of the Congress party. It’s deplorable. It’s beyond truth,” Prasad, former Telecom Minister, told reporters in his new office of the Law Ministry.

The Congress on Thursday alleged that the Narendra Modi government overstepped its limit to order an alternate audit by the Telecom Ministry of six telecom companies, rejecting the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) scrutiny. The audit by the CAG found under-reporting of income by six telecom companies to the tune of Rs 46,045.75 crore from 2006-07 to 2009-10.

The Congress alleged that the Modi government opted for an alternate re-evaluation of these figures by the Telecom Ministry through chartered accountants who are empanelled with the ministry.

“This reflects the apparent mal-intent of the government to dilute or diminish the figures put forth by CAG,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.

–IANS

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