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Respond to pleas challenging CAG’s appointment: Delhi HC

The Delhi high court on Wednesday agreed to hear two Public Interest Litigations (PIL) on the appointment of Shashi Kant Sharma as Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India and asked the central government to file an affidavit with all the records.

Hearing the PILs, Acting Chief Justice B D Ahmed fixed 8 August as the next date of hearing in the case after observing that the matter requires hearing.

One petition has been filed by nine eminent persons, including former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopal swami and former chiefs of Naval Staff Admiral RH Tahiliani and L Ramdas, while another petition has been filed advocate M L Sharma.

Earlier PILs had been filed in the apex court regarding the appointment of Sharama as CAG, however, the court had asked them to approach the high court.

Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the petitioners (nine eminent persons) submitted before the court that government could not appoint anyone with greater conflict of interest that Sharma as CAG. He said that Sharma is the person with most serious conflict of interest, as he has been involved in defence acquisitions for the last ten years.
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