Rafale Deal : Kapil Sibal Questions Current CAG’s Role

Kapil Sibal

Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Kapil Sibal charged at government on Rafale deal on Sunday, 10 February and indicated at a major conflict of interest.

Highlights :

Rajiv Mehrishi, current CAG, was appointed as the Finance Secretary from 24th Oct 2014 to 30th Aug 2015, during which PM Modi visited France and announced the deal for 36 Rafale aircrafts.

The new Rafale deal was announced by PM Modi in France on April 10th, 2015 and the old deal for 126 aircrafts was cancelled in June 2015.

The new Rafale deal was announced by PM Modi in France on April 10th, 2015 and the old deal for 126 aircrafts was cancelled in June 2015.

Finance ministry plays an important role in negotiations of the deals and Rajiv Mehrishi was the Finance Secretary during this period.

Now Rajiv Mehrishi is the CAG. Twice, we took our delegation to the CAG in Sept and Oct of 2018, to request for a proper investigation on the Rafale Scam. But, how will CAG investigate against himself?

This is a major conflict of interest. We now strongly believe that Modi govt is doing everything to save itself.

Although, CAG report was not submitted to the Parliament, as stated by Supreme Court in the verdict, govt must’ve already known the content of the report.

How can the same CAG report against the decision taken, that compromised the nation’s interest, when he was involved in it as a finance secretary?

Sibal, says, “Officials should know that elections come and go. Sometimes we’re in Opposition and sometimes we are the ruling party. We’ll keep an eye on officials who are over enthusiastic and trying to show loyalty to PM Modi.”

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