While auditing the Rafale deal, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) is said to be focusing more on UPA regime’s tender process that was failed between 2007 and 2014, more then the procedures followed by UPA regime for 126 jet flights.
The CAG has already submitted its draft report to the defence ministry and comments of the stakeholders have been sought. Apart from observations on the 36 plane deal, the audit has also gone extensively into the Congress-era tender which had to be retracted in June 2015 due to procedural issues created during the Congress regime.
It is also felt that CAG attempted to find more faults during UPA era, than focusing on the actual deal signed during Modi’s regime, that turned to be controversial.
The official sources indicated that the CAG is currently auditing around a dozen big-ticket arms deals closed by the defence ministry in the past few years. Once the report is finalised by the CAG, it sends it to the respective ministry for its replies on the issues raised by it and includes it into the final report laid in Parliament.