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CVC gives podium for Ex-CAG Vinod Rai who faulted government for 2G loss

The CVC has invited Rai as one of the speakers at a two-day national seminar, being organised on the occasion of its golden jubilee.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Feb 06, 2014, 06.01 AM IST
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The CVC has invited Vinod Rai as one of the speakers at a two-day national seminar, being organised on the occasion of its golden jubilee, on the issue of combating corruption. 
The CVC has invited Vinod Rai as one of the speakers at a two-day national seminar, being organised on the occasion of its golden jubilee, on the issue of combating corruption. 
NEW DELHI: The government may have accused former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai of giving a faulty 2G audit report and blamed him for the policy paralysis at the Centre but the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) appears to believe that he contributed to good governance in the country.

The CVC has invited Rai as one of the speakers at a two-day national seminar, being organised on the occasion of its golden jubilee, on the issue of combating corruption. It has invited Rai, along with CBI director Ranjit Sinha and senior Supreme Court lawyer KK Venugopal, to speak at a session on the 'role of investigating agencies, ensuring autonomy and accountability'. The session, scheduled for February 11 evening, will be chaired by Law Commission Chairman AP Shah.

President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the seminar along with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on February 11 morning and senior ministers including P Chidambaram and Kapil Sibal will chair separate panel discussions over two days.

"Eminent personalities and dignitaries from different walks of life, contributing directly or indirectly to the good governance of the country, are taking part in the panel discussions," the CVC said in a statement on the seminar.

As per the statement, the session featuring Rai will focus on "ensuring fairness, neutrality, objectivity and public trust in investigations".

Speaking to ET last May, Sibal had lashed out at Rai for making a series of "factually wrong statements" like terming the loss to exchequer in 2G scam at Rs 30,000 crore while finance minister P Chidambaram had in the past said that the CAG had overstepped its limits and attempted to convert bona fide executive decisions into either crime or abuse of authority.

The opening panel discussion, to be chaired by Sibal, will concentrate on "improving the anti-corruption climate" while the session on 'corporate ethics' to be chaired by Chidambaram the next day will focus on the issue of prevention of corruption in the private sector.

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