NEW DELHI: The Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report on the Rafale deal is set to be tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, even as the purchase of the fighter jet was mired in fresh controversy. The financial audit report was tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday and listed in the day’s business in the Lok Sabha but its report on the Rafale deal is yet to be tabled in Parliament.
Meanwhile, the war of words continued on Tuesday between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party.
“By leaking information on the Rafale memorandum of understanding in advance to Anil Ambani, the Prime Minister has broken the Official Secrets Act and compromised national security, opening himself up to criminal prosecution," alleged Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, however, said this allegation was baseless.
Opposition parties have also raised doubts over the impartiality of CAG Rajiv Mehrishi, as he had served in the finance ministry when the Rafale negotiations had taken place.
However, the finance ministry had on Monday said, “it is the department of expenditure of the finance ministry that deals with financial sanctions relating to the ministries of the government of India and, in that capacity, any files relating to defence procurement would be dealt with by the secretary, department of expenditure, and not by Rajiv Mehrishi as secretary, department of economic affairs."