Revealed: Current CAG Was Finance Secretary When 36-Rafale Deal Finalised, Congress Demands Recusal
CAG is going to completely save the government in its report: Kapil Sibal
The Congress party on Sunday, February 10, accused the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of conflict interest in the Rafale deal report. Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said that Rajiv Mehrishi was the finance secretary when the deal was made between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then-France president Francois Hollande. Sibal, reportedly demanded that Mehrishi recuse himself from the CAG report on Rafale deal.
“CAG is going to completely save the government in its report. The whole deal was materialised in the supervision of Rajiv Mehrishi who was the then finance secretary. When the negotiations started the Ministry of Finance were part of it,” Sibal said, adding, “This is the corrupt deal, and fair investigation should be done, but how can CAG investigate himself when he was the finance secretary. There is a clear conflict of interest.”
Sibal further accused Mehrishi of being “complicit” in the “irregularities” in the deal, and said, “there is no reason or occasion for you to audit the 36 Rafale aircraft deal.”