Ahead of the parliamentary election, there is relief for the contentious Rafale deal that had been sealed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.
The CAG report tabled in the Parliament states that it is 2.8 per cent cheaper than the one negotiated by the previous Congress-led UPA government.
The CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) report was submitted to the Rajya Sabha today.
It need be mentioned that it does not include the controversial and key point of pricing.
This is as the Defence Ministry maintained that these details could not be revealed.
The opposition might up the ante on the parts in the report referring to cost that are redacted.
The Congress and other opposition parties have dismissed the report as biased because auditor Rajiv Mehrishi was Finance Secretary when the deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets was inked in 2016.
The Congress alleges that Mr Mehrishi was “complicit in the irregularities” in the Rafale deal and alleged that “the bungling was happening at
the highest level with his direct or indirect complicity and consent”.