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Controller and Auditor General submitted its report Rafale fighter jets deal on Monday.The central government is likely to table it within the Parliament today.
However, the CAG report lacks details of the worth of the jets and offsets once the Union Ministry of Defence raised issues.
According to the sources, the report – regular to be tabled within the Lok Sabha prior the last Day of the Budget Session – is split into 2 sections and contains a review of eleven deals signed by the Indian Air Force (IAF).
And also the audit of the Rafale deal part of the second section of constant report. It mentioned all the estimations in terms of percentage
Stating the explanation for not mentioning the worth and offset details,
According to the report in TOI, “The deal has been evaluated while not mentioned the worth on the request of MoD.” However, the auditor has mentioned the worth of the opposite 10 acquisition created by the IAF. Insiders believe that CAG is individually popping out with another standalone report on all offset deals, however it should not be ready before the Lok Sabha elections.”
Earlier,Congress leader Kapil Sibal alleged conflict of interest and asked the controller and Auditor General (CAG) Rajiv Mehrishi to recuse himself from auditing the deal as he was the finance secretary once the deal was negotiated. This was rebutted by the BJP stating that the Congress was casting aspersions on the establishment of CAG supported “falsehood”.
In reply Union Minister Arun Jaitley took to Twitter and wrote, “Another attack on the establishment of CAG by the ‘Institution wreckers’ supported falsehood. After 10 years in Government former UPA ministers still don’t know that Finance Secretary is simply a designation given to the senior most secretary within the finance ministry.”
Congress president Rahul Gandhi had been attacking the Modi government alleging it of corrupt practices within the acquisition of Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation in France.
Gandhi had alleged that BJP-led Union government had tripled the worth of Rafale jets to profit Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence.
Following this, Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge within the Lok Sabha had asked for a CAG report on the Rafale jets deal.