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Govt to table CAG report on Rafale deal in Parliament Tuesday

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government is scheduled to table the CAG report on jet fighter deal, which has generated a massive political controversy, in Parliament Tuesday, sources said.

The government's decision to buy 36 fighter jets from French company has become a controversial political issue, with the main opposition party levelling allegations of corruption and impropriety, and the ruling dispensation defending the move.

The CAG report will be tabled on Tuesday, a day before the end of the present Lok Sabha session. This is the last session of the 16th Lok Sabha as the are due in April-May.

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

Arun Jaitley, however, rebutted the claims of Sibal saying that the was casting aspersions on the institution of CAG based on "falsehood".

"Another attack on the institution of CAG by the 'Institution wreckers' based on falsehood. After ten years in Government former UPA ministers still don't know that Secretary is only a designation given to the senior most ministry," Jaitley said a series of tweets Sunday.

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

"...plays an important role in these negotiations...Now it is clear that the Rafale deal happened under Now he is CAG. 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 had said.

The Rafale issue was even raised before the Supreme Court, which did not find any substance in the allegations.

However, the issue has continued to rock Parliament with Congress directly accusing the of benefiting his corporate friend

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 16:05 IST