Supreme Court judgment allowing CAG to go through private telcos’ books to affect other sectors; but powers limited

By ruling on April 17 that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) can go through the books of private sector telecom companies, the Supreme Court has sharply widened the powers of the country’s apex audit body.The CAG had been arguing for years that it had this power under the law, but was vociferously opposed by the private sector in a range of mainly infrastructure sectors. The court’s ruling has given new ammunition to the CAG’s lawyers in other pending cases.


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