Thomas Isaac | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac has again levelled allegations against the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).
The CAG report created an unprecedented situation in Kerala. I view this to be part of a shady plan. The CAG’s actions aided the efforts of ED and NIA to sabotage development activities in Kerala.
Meanwhile, Isaac welcomed Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan forwarding the breach of privilege notice moved by the Opposition against the Finance Minister to the Assembly ethics committee. Isaac reiterated that norms were not violated and that there were serious matters regarding breach of privileges. It is a good chance for me to explain them in the Assembly, the Finance Minister added.
The CAG in 2007, had issued directives as to how a CAG audit must be held. It explains the rights of those being audited. Explanation must be sought regarding each matter and it must be clarified as to why the explanation was dismissed. If there is any major difference in opinion, it must be mentioned in the report. Exit meetings must be held.
However, none of these were followed. Not even the minutes of the exit meeting was sent to me, Isaac alleged. These are serious matters and I view this situation as an opportunity to understand the detailed stance in this regard, added the Finance Minister.