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Ex-CAG to reply to Nirupam's notice

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Ex-CAG to Reply to Nirupam\'s Notice. Unfazed by Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam\'s legal notice to him demanding an unconditional apology, former CAG Vinod Rai on Tuesday said he was rather \"happy\" about it as the purpose of his book was to initiate a public debate.

‘A larger issue needs to be debated on what is the recourse available to a public functionary like CAG’

New Delhi: Unfazed by Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam's legal notice to him demanding an unconditional apology, former CAG Vinod Rai on Tuesday said he was rather "happy" about it as the purpose of his book was to initiate a public debate.

At the same time, Rai said that a larger issue needs to be debated on what was the recourse available to a public functionary like CAG "if somebody calls him names sitting in the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)".

The comments came a day after the former MP Nirupam slapped a defamation notice for remarks that the ex-CAG was asked by him to drop the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's name from 2G spectrum allocation report.

"See, in fact, I am very happy that he has sent a legal notice. I am very happy about it, because the purpose of writing this book was to initiate a public debate on a lot of issues that concerns the public and high individuals in government," Rai told PTI in an interview here.

A major controversy has erupted over the content of Rai's new book, titled, 'The Diary of the Nation's Conscience Keeper - Not Just an Accountant', on various issues he observed during his tenure as CAG from 2008-2013, including on the role of Singh.

On his next course of action, Rai said, "Taking legal recourse is fine. It (notice) will be answered. What is the recourse that an official can take when responsible people like members of Parliament make such allegations against us?"

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