Former CAG Vinod Rai issues extraordinary apology to Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam for lying during interview with Arnab Goswami

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Former Comptroller General of India Vinod Rai has tendered an extraordinary apology to Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam for lying during an interview with Arnab Goswami, who worked with Times Now then.

Rai has apologised for ‘wwrongly mentioning’ Nirupam’s name as one of the MPs who had pressured him not to name former PM Manmohan Singh in the CAG report on 2G spectrum allocation.

Speaking to Arnab Goswami in 2014, Rai had said, “On the 2G, Congress MPS did tell me, ‘Let’s keep prime minister out of it’.” When Goswami asked him to name those Congress MPs, Rai had said, “There were three-four Congress MPs. They are not MPs any more. So it’s very easy to find out who they are.”

When Arnab Goswami persisted, Rai had continued, “I can’t recall those names, but Congress MPS, who were present in those meetings were Mr. Sanjay Nirupam, Mr. Ashwini Kumar, Mr. Sandeep Dikshit.”

Nirupam had filed a defamation case against Rai saying that he had never spoken to the former CAG.

In his apology to Nirupam, Rai said, “I inadvertently and erroneously mentioned Sanjay Nirupam’s name as one of the MPs who pressured me to keep then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s name out of the CAG report on 2G spectrum assignment during meetings at the PAC or on the sidelines of the JPC.”

He continued, “I understand the pain and suffering caused by my statements to Sanjay Nirupam, his family and well-wishers, and therefore, I would like to extend my unconditional apology for the harm my statements have caused to Sanjay Nirupam and his family, friends and family. I hope Sanjay Nirupam will consider my unconditional apology and accept it and close this case.”

Reacting to Rai’s apology, Nirupam tweeted, “Finally former CAG Vinod Rai tendered an unconditional apology to me in a defamation case filed by me in MM Court, Patiyala house, New Delhi today. He must apologize to the nation now for all his forged reports about 2G and Coal block allocations done by the UPA Govt.”

Rai’s unsubstantiated allegations against the then Congress-led government had played a key role in the ouster of Manmohan Singh as India’s prime minister and victory for Narendra Modi in 2014 general elections.

Arnab Goswami left Times Now after Modi became India’s prime minister and launched Republic TV in partnership with BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar.