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It’s official: Defence secretary Shashi Kant Sharma is new CAG

Defence secretary Shashi Kant Sharma was on Tuesday named as the new Comptroller & Auditor General of India (CAG).

The 1976 Bihar cadre officer will succeed Vinod Rai, who superannuates on Wednesday after five and a half years of eventful tenure as the head of the Constitutional financial watchdog.

‘The President of India has appointed Shashi Kant Sharma, IAS, as the Comptroller & Auditor General of India, in terms of Article 148 (1) of the Constitution of India,’ the Finance Ministry said in a statement.

Sharma will be taking over charge of the CAG from 23 May, it said. He will be administered the oath of office by President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday raised questions on the appointment of defence secretary Shashi Kant Sharma as the new CAG. It said that the government was weakening the watchdog institutions by putting weak people. AAP founder member and senior advocate Prashant Bhushan also contended that Sharma’s appointment amounted to conflict of interest as he would be auditing defence procurements of the period (2003-2010) during which he held positions responsible for acquisitions in the defence ministry.


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