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Cong asks CAG Rajiv Mehrishi to recuse himself from audit of Rafale deal, cites conflict of interest

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Alleging conflict of interest, the on Sunday requested (CAG) to recuse himself from auditing the deal to purchase 36 fighter as he, as the then 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.

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

In a press statement, the has alleged that the compromised "national interest" and "national security" in the purchase of the 36 and said the has a constitutional and statutory duty to undertake a forensic of all defence contracts, including the deal.

"It is an act of gross impropriety for you to deal with the of the 36 deal on account of patent conflict of interest...You are constitutionally, legally and morally disentitled to either conduct an or to present a report before...Parliament. We urge upon you to recuse yourself and publicly accept the gross impropriety committed by you in initiating the audit...," it said.

Senior told reporters that Mehrishi is likely to present the report on the Rafale deal in parliament on Monday.

Sibal said that Mehrishi was the secretary from October 24, 2014 to August 30, 2015 and in between went to on April 10, 2015 and announced the signing of the Rafale deal.

"...Ministry plays an important role in these negotiations...Now it is clear that the Rafale deal happened under Rajeev Mehrishi. Now he is We met him twice on September 19 and October 4, 2018. We told him about the scam. We told him that the deal should be probed because it is corrupt. But how can he initiate a probe against himself," Sibal said.

The Congress said it had, in its submissions to the CAG, listed the acts of omission and commission as well as corruption in the Rafale deal.

"He obviously cannot probe decisions he took as He will protect himself first and then his There cannot be a bigger conflict of interest than this," he said.

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First Published: Sun, February 10 2019. 19:20 IST