Congress leader Kapil Sibal addressing the media at AICC
As the Rafale row escalates, the blame game between the centre and the Opposition continues. In a fresh spate between the Congress and government, the Congress party raised questions against comptroller auditor general Rajiv Mehrishi who was the finance secretary when the Rafale deal was scrapped.

Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal submitted a memorandum to Mehrishi saying the cardinal principle of law “no one can be a judge in his own case”.

Sibal during an AICC presser said, “Mehrishi was officially associated with the Modi government’s internal negotiations on the Rafale deal… If he audits and submits a report as CAG, it would mean that Mehrishi is trying to save himself and the government from the corruption in the Rafale aircraft deal…. The cardinal principle of law is that no one should be a judge in his own case.”

Sharpening his attack on CAG Mehrishi, who was the Finance Secretary when Rafale deal was inked, Sibal said: “CAG is going to completely save the Central government in its report. The whole deal was materialised in the supervision of Rajiv Mehrishi who was then Finance Secretary. When the negotiations started, the Ministry of Finance was a part of it.”

Hitting back at the Congress leaders, Union Minister Arun Jaitley said, “After ten years in Government former UPA ministers still don’t know that Finance Secretary is only a designation given to the senior-most secretary in the finance ministry.”

Jailtley added, “Defence ministry files are dealt with by Secretary (Expenditure). Secretary (Economic affairs) has no role in expenditure files of the Defence ministry.”

PAC chief and Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said that the Congress has “no confidence” in the CAG report submitted to the Supreme Court. Kharge, speaking to reporters, said that the current BJP-led government had lied to the Supreme Court about the Rs 33,000 crore deal.
The CAG report on Rafale deal is to be tabled tomorrow in the Parliament .


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