Cong no to CAG in Rafale au­dit

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New Delhi, Feb. 10: Al­leg­ing con­flict of in­ter­est, the Congress on Sun­day re­quested Comptroller and Au­di­tor Gen­eral (CAG) Ra­jiv Mehrishi to re­cuse him­self from au­dit­ing the deal to pur­chase 36 Rafale fighter air­craft as he, as the then fi­nance sec­re­tary, was part of the ne­go­ti­a­tions.

The Op­po­si­tion party also said that it would be im­proper on the part of Mehrishi to present the re­port in Par­lia­ment and said that it had writ­ten to him to re­cuse him­self.

The CAG re­port on the con­tro­ver­sial deal is likely to be tabled in Par­lia­ment on Mon­day.

In a com­mu­nique to the for­mer bu­reau­crat, the Congress has al­leged that the govern­ment com­pro­mised “na­tional in­ter­est” and “na­tional se­cu­rity” in the pur­chase of the 36 air­craft and said the CAG has a con­sti­tu­tional and statu­tory duty to un­der­take a foren­sic au­dit of all de­fence con­tracts, in­clud­ing the Rafale deal.

“It is an act of gross im­pro­pri­ety for you to deal with the au­dit of the 36 Rafale air­craft deal on ac­count of patent con­flict of in­ter­est,” it said. —

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