LAHORE Using secret funds to purchase cars for staff, buying snoop equipment worth $350 million without conducting user trials, building a whole new tower in the new office without any clearances, a string of controversies has gripped the Indians intelligence agencythe Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), sources revealed on Thursday. RAW is the recipient of the largest amount of secret funds, close to Rs 350 crore this year alone. While there are provisions for an internal audit by a Controller & Auditor General (CAG) official posted in the agency, its findings are never made public or even shared in a sealed envelope with a Parliamentary committee. About 30 Maruti Altos were purchased using secret funds to allegedly calm down the much-agitated junior official staff that had complaints over slow promotions and related service conditions. The procurement has been shown for 'operational purposes and it is learnt that the cars have just been handed over to each Deputy Secretary. A couple of them, sources said, have apparently refused to accept a car if they dont get a driver with it. The Finance Ministry has questioned RAW for incurring almost double the expenditure for construction of a new building near the CGO complex in the capital after ,adding, a third tower without taking clearances. While Rs 90 crore was sanctioned to construct a building with two wings in 2005, a third wing was added without taking the required clearances, shooting cost up to Rs 160 crore. With the Finance Department strongly objecting to changes in the design plan, the building has been lying unused for over a year now. For, no money has been released to complete the interiors. It is learnt that an internal committee of RAW has been asked to report on how these changes were sanctioned. The Finance Department of the Cabinet Secretariat of Indian Government under which RAW falls, is also learnt to have raised serious objections against two major contracts that have been finalised by the agency, including a $350-million deal to supply airborne electronic surveillance systems. Besides concerns on competitiveness of the bids, the main objection is that both contracts were finalised without carrying out user trials, as is the norm in all defence contracts.