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SC tells petitioners to move high court on CAG appointment

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday asked the former chief election commissioner N. Gopalaswami to move the Delhi High Court as it declined to entertain his petition challenging the appointment of former defence secretary Shashi Kant Sharma as the CAG of India.

"Go to high court," said the apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir as senior counsel Fali Nariman raised the plea before the court.

Gopalaswami and several other former senior officers of the government have contested the appointment of Shashi Kant Sharma as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the ground that the procedure for the appointment of the CAG was bereft of transparency and was opaque.

The petitioners have contended that the incumbent CAG was placed in a position of conflict of interest as he would be examining some of the controversial defence deals that were concluded during his tenure in the defence ministry and as the defence secretary as well.

IANS

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