Rafale deal row: Centre to table CAG report in Parliament on Tuesday, day before last session of 16th Lok Sabha

  • Kapil Sibal on Sunday asked the CAG Rajiv Mehrishi to recuse himself from auditing the Rafale deal

  • The Congress leader claimed Mehrishi was the finance secretary when the deal was negotiated

  • Arun Jaitley, however, rebutted the claims of Sibal saying that the Congress was casting aspersions on CAG based on 'falsehood'

New Delhi: The government is scheduled to table the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on Rafale jet fighter deal, which has generated a massive political controversy, in Parliament Tuesday, sources said.

The government's decision to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from French company Dassault has become a controversial political issue, with the main Opposition Congress levelling allegations of corruption and impropriety, and the ruling dispensation defending the move.

 Rafale deal row: Centre to table CAG report in Parliament on Tuesday, day before last session of 16th Lok Sabha

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The CAG report will be tabled on Tuesday, a day before the end of the present Lok Sabha session. This is the last session of the 16th Lok Sabha as the general elections are due in April-May.

Former minister and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Sunday alleged conflict of interest and asked the CAG Rajiv Mehrishi to recuse himself from auditing the deal as he was the finance secretary when the deal was negotiated.

Union Minister Arun Jaitley, however, rebutted the claims of Sibal saying that the Congress was casting aspersions on the institution of CAG based on "falsehood".

"Another attack on the institution of CAG by the 'Institution wreckers' based on falsehood. After ten years in Government former UPA ministers still don't know that Finance Secretary is only a designation given to the senior most secretary in the finance ministry," Jaitley said a series of tweets Sunday.

Sibal said Mehrishi was the finance secretary from 24 October, 2014 to 30 August, 2015 and in between Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to Paris on 10 April, 2015 and announced the signing of the Rafale deal.

"...Finance Ministry plays an important role in these negotiations...Now it is clear that the Rafale deal happened under Rajiv Mehrishi. Now he is CAG. We met him twice on 19 September and 4 October, 2018. We told him about the scam. We told him that the deal should be probed because it is corrupt. But how can he initiate a probe against himself," Sibal had said.

The Rafale issue was even raised before the Supreme Court, which did not find any substance in the allegations.

However, the issue has continued to rock Parliament with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi directly accusing Modi of benefiting industrialist Anil Ambani.

Updated Date: Feb 11, 2019 17:03:48 IST