Govt to Table CAG Report on Rafale in Parliament on 12 Feb: Report

Congress and BJP traded barbs after a report accused the PMO of conducting parallel negotiations in the Rafale deal.

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The government is scheduled to table the CAG report on Rafale jet fighter deal in Parliament on Tuesday, sources told PTI.

On 11 February, Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) sent a new report on the controversial Rafale deal to the President and Finance Ministry.

The report, titled 'Capital Acquisitions of Air Force', contains details of acquisitions and deals, including the 'Rafale aircraft deal' as one of 12 chapters.

In an exclusive report for The Hindu last week, N Ram wrote that the Prime Minister's Office had held “parallel negotiations” with the French team in the Rafale deal. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman called the report “incomplete and motivated”.

  • Congress has raised objections to CAG Rajiv Mehrishi, who had served as the finance secretary when the Rafale deal was signed, investigating his own role
  • Congress leader Kapil Sibal has asked for recusal of Mehrishi from CAG report
  • In a press conference, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said the PMO was directly involved in Rafale negotiations

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5:58 PM , 11 Feb

CPI (M) Demands High Level Probe into Rafale Deal

The CPI(M) demanded a high level investigation into the Rafale deal and alleged that the CAG report's credibility was "severely compromised" because of conflict of interest of its auditor.

Quoting newspaper reports, CPI(M) in a Politburo statement said that not only was the Prime Minister's Office conducting parallel negotiations, it also "batted" for no guarantees.

5:25 PM , 11 Feb

'Rules Were Violated, Bent & Broken To Go Through Rafale Deal': Yashwant Sinha

Former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha, while speaking to The Quint on reports claiming Centre had waived anti-corruption provisions in the Rafale deal said that the recent revelations proved that PMO was directly involved in fixing the deal in April 2015.

"It kept pursuing and directly interfered in the negotiations throughout," he said. Sinha further raised the point that this interference occurred because the PM had ulterior motive. "It is very clear that rules were violated, broken and bent to go through the deal."

When asked whether these reports will affect the government in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the former BJP leader affirmed saying these revelations will create a difference during the polls.

4:39 PM , 11 Feb

CAG Sends Report on Rafeale to Finance Ministry and President

Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) on 11 February, sent a new report on the controversial Rafale deal to the President and Finance Ministry.

The report, titled 'Capital Acquisitions of Air Force', does not deal with the offset contract, and puts the pricing of the aircraft in percentage, not rupee amount.

The CAG report is in two volumes, and comprises of 11 Air Force deals. The first volume is on 10 deals and the second is only on Rafale. The CAG had also redacted pricing of several other defence deals in the past on MoD's request.

4:27 PM , 11 Feb

'Notes Being Selectively Picked up to Prove a Point': Air Marshal SBP Sinha

Air Marshal SBP Sinha, who headed Rafale deal negotiations from Indian side told news agency ANI:

"Some notes being selectively picked up to prove a point. The fact is none of them are linked to Indian negotiating team. Indian negotiating team has forwarded its final report signed by all 7 members without dissent."


Published: 08 Feb 2019, 5:11 PM IST
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