Even as the Opposition storm over coalgate stalled Parliament over the past week, the former Solicitor General of India, Gopal Subramaniam, has defended the Comptroller and Auditor General, which, he said, did not overstep its mandate in its report on allocation of coal blocks between 2004 and 2009.
“It is only a CAG who can fearlessly interrogate the government. That is why the founding fathers of the Constitution have provided that the CAG cannot be removed and he has to be impeached in the same manner as a Supreme Court judge. That is the kind of special security which the Constitution gives to the CAG to ensure the quality of its independence. It is there to ensure accountability on the part of the executive. As Parliament cannot actually review the functioning of the executive government on a day-to-day basis, the founding fathers put in place the CAG with the virtues and objectivity and independence close to that of a Supreme Court judge,” Mr. Subramaniam told The Hindu.
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