CAG Rajiv Mehrishi should recuse himself from auditing Rafale deal : Congress

Congress today questioned Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) Rajiv Mehrishi of conflict of interest being part of preparing CAG report on Rafale deal. It alleged that it amounts to becoem “investigate himself” since he had been the Union Finance (Economic Affairs) Secretary, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Rafale deal in April 2015.

The CAG that was involved as finance secrtary in harming the national securety when the deal was struck in 2015, he wondered how it would present the report, wondered Congress senior leader and former union minsiter Kapil Sibal.

After serving as finance secretary, Mehrishi was appointed as the Union Home Secretary in August 2015, before he took charge as C&AG in September last year. “He must recuse himself from presenting this report. If it is tabled in the Parliament, it will be another big scam,” warned Sibal, adding that the report might be tabled in Parliament tomorrow itself.

A memorandum from Congress to Mehrishi states, “You were finance secretary from Oct 29, 2014 to Aug 30, 2015. This means that you were the finance secretary at the time of unilateral announcement of purchase of 36 Rafale aircraft at a cost of Rs 58,000 crore by the Prime Minister.”

The C&AG report to probe allegations of financial irregularities in the Modi government’s $8.7 billion, 36-fighter jet deal is expected to be submitted to President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday.

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