India, March 18 -- The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) may be allowed greater access to taxpayers' data for the purpose of audits, but granting it an unrestricted access to live data of Goods and Services Tax assessees is not practical as it would adversely affect the revenue administration, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

CAG has been requesting for unrestricted access to GST-related data of all taxpayers from the GST Network (GSTN) servers for the purpose of audit, citing its constitutional and legal requirements. The issue is before the GST Council, which is expected to take a view on this matter soon, the people quoted above said on condition of anonymity. GSTN, a not-for-profit private limited com...