Vinod Rai

Former CAG has tendered an unconditional apology to Congress leader for “wrongly mentioning” him as one of the MPs who had pressured him not to name former prime minister Manmohan Singh in the on 2G spectrum allocation.

Nirupam had filed a defamation case against Rai after the former CAG in his book in 2014 made the allegation against him and repeated it in interviews to the media. The court of Metropolitan Magistrate in Patiala House has disposed of the case after recording Nirupam’s statement accepting Rai’s apology.

has been discharged in the case. Since his apology has been accepted by Nirupam, the case has been disposed of after recording his statement,” Nirupam’s advocate R K Handoo told PTI.

Rai in an affidavit filed in the court has said that he has inadvertently and wrongly mentioned Nirupam’s name earlier.

“I had inadvertently and wrongly mentioned the name of as one of the MPs who pressurised me to keep the then prime minister Manmohan Singh’s name out of the on 2G spectrum allocation during the meetings in the PAC or the sidelines of the JPC,” Rai said in his affidavit.

The former CAG has also stated that the statements made by him against Nirupam, as televised and published, “are factually incorrect”.

“I understand the pain and agony my statements have caused to Sanjay Nirupam, his family and his well-wishers and thus, would like to offer my unconditional apology for the hurt caused by my such statements to Sanjay Nirupam, his family, friends and his well-wishers. That I hope that will consider and accept my aforesaid unconditional apology and close this issue,” Rai has said in his affidavit filed in the court.

Nirupam later said Rai should apologise to the country over the CAG reports on 2G spectrum and coal block allocations, alleging that these were both “bogus”.

should apologise to the entire country for these bogus reports that he brought out,” Nirupam told reporters later.

He also expressed happiness that his stand was vindicated and the former CAG apologised for his wrongful claims made against him.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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