New Delhi: Under attack for targetting CAG, Congress today downplayed questions of impeaching the government auditor and said a distinction should be made between the constitutional body and the report given by it.
"Make distinction between the CAG and its report. What we have disputed is the conclusion of the CAG that whether at all he has the legal mandate for the exercise he has undertaken... the task that he has arrogated to himself," party spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters here.
His comments came in response to questions on why the Congress was not initiating any move to impeach the
Comptroller and Auditor General if it finds he has crossed the line repeatedly while giving his reports. Tewari, at the same time, insisted that any political party is well within its rights to question and dispute the findings of the CAG or any other constitutional body.
"To hold a CAG report flawed on the basis of facts is no contempt of any constitutional body," he said. Hitting out at the CAG, he said, "The manner in which all these reports are being compiled...this is beyond the legal mandate of the CAG...there is nothing which gives the CAG the legal mandate to engage in this sort of exercises".
To a question on whether he felt the CAG was working with any political motive, Tewari said, "it is not the remit of any political party" to attach motives to constitutional bodies.
Responding to BJP's attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for making a statement on the CAG report on coal block allocation in Lok Sabha, the Congress spokesperson said, "Ideally, we would have liked to discuss the CAG report in the Public Accounts Committee.
"But the need arose to dispute some of the averments made and findings arrived at in the report because of the manner in which the Opposition behaved and the way some of the conclusions were arrived at." "Headline hunting is a very dangerous vocation. This parody has to be put to an end," Tewari added.