Centre Likely to table CAG report on Rafale deal during Budget

To counter opposition’s campaign and also set the records straight, Narendra Modi government is said to be getting ready to table a Controller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report on the sensitive Rafale deal, during the Budget session of Parlament. The session is scheduled to begins tomorrow.

According to a media report, official indicated  that only three copies of the final report will mention the price of each aircraft and these will most likely be given only to Ministry of Defence (MoD). The official added that the redacted copies will be submitted in the Parliament.

This means that if the Public Accounts Committee wants to know the price at which the aircraft deal was made then, they will have to ask the MoD to provide them with the relevant copy.

The reports come amid an all-out attack by Rahul Gandhi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the deal. He claimed that the former defence minister Manohar Parrikar, whom he met him yesterday, had clearly stated that he has nothing to do with the `new deal’.

However, Parrikar, on the other hand, has reportedly written a letter to Rahul Gandhi accusing him of politicising his visit. In the letter, he has mentioned that during the meeting, no talks on the Rafale deal happened.

On December 14, the Supreme Court had dismissed all the petitions seeking a court-monitored investigation into the Rafale deal. The apex court said that it did not find any material to show commercial favouritism.

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