'Premature disclosure of CAG report'; Chennithala to move breach of privilege notice against Isaac
Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala on Saturday raised serious allegations against Finance Minister Thomas Isaac. Earlier the day, Isaac had met the press and said that Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) and central agencies were trying to sabotage the developmental projects undertaken by Kerala government. Following this, Chennithala said that he will move breach of privilege notice against Isaac.
Isaac had said that Centre is using CAG and the central agencies to sabotage the development projects and that Congress leader Mathew Kuzhalnadan is appearing for BJP in High Court on a complaint filed by the latter against KIIFB.
“How can the finance minister disclose details of a report not tabled in Assembly. From where did he get the report,” Chennithala asked.
The minister maybe talking about the paragraph briefing to department. Usually the findings of the CAG will be given to various departments as paragraphs concerning them. They respond to it. After discussions on it, the report is finalized and tabled on Assembly. That is when the report comes in public domain. However, the Finance Minister has violated the parliamentary privileges by disclosing the details of the report, Chennithala said.
It is for the first time in the history of Kerala, a minister disclosed the contents of a CAG paragraph report, that too in a press meet. The Kerala Assembly is functioning as if no rules apply to them. Issac had said it was CAG draft report. How can a minister disclose details of a non-finalised report? This is serious breach of privileges. Only the Public Accounts Committee has the rights to inspect the CAG report tabled in Assembly, he added.
Chennithala also added that he will serve notice of breach of privilege to Thomas Isaac.