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CAG report will not be worth the paper it is written on if it ignores wrongdoing in Rafale deal:Cong

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A day before the CAG report on the 2015 jet deal is likely to be tabled in Parliament, the on Monday said that if the "overt acts of malfeasance" in the contract are ignored by the report, then it will "not be worth" the paper it is written on.

The opposition party's statement came after a report in claimed the deal between and involved "and unprecedented" concessions from the It reported that critical provisions for anti-corruption penalties and making payments through an escrow account were dropped days before the signing of the inter-governmental agreement (IGA).

An escrow account is a provision under which the amount to be paid in a deal is held by a third-party in that account, on behalf of the transacting parties.

"Never ever in any past transactions in the last three decades, has the govt dropped such mandatory clauses from a procurement contract. One thing is emerging clearly which requires investigation, which requires a joint parliamentary committee, that somebody has paid somebody in the fighter procurement," said at a press conference.

"We would again like to emphasise that if these very overt acts of malfeasance, if they can be documented by a newspaper...and if the report ignores it because we believe that the CAG report is being tabled tomorrow, then that report will not be worth the paper it is written on," Tewari said.

Former and senior on Sunday had alleged conflict of interest and asked CAG to recuse himself from auditing the deal as he was the secretary when the deal was negotiated.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 19:15 IST
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