New Delhi: According to sources, the CAG report on Rafale fighter jets deal will now be tabled in Lok Sabha on Wednesday, the last day of the ongoing session. Reportedly, the copies of the CAG report have not yet reached the Parliament.Also Read - Rafale Corruption Charges 'Completely Baseless', Says BJP on Claims by French Publication

The Narendra Modi government is likely to table the CAG report on Rafale fighter jets deal in the Lok Sabha amid the ongoing political storm over the defence deal. Also Read - Rafale Deal: Dassault Paid 1 Million Euros to Indian Middleman As Gift, Claims French Report

The report on the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from French company Dassault was submitted by CAG Rajiv Mehrishi to President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday. Also Read - Rafale Deal: First Squadron of 5 Jets Flies Out of France, to Reach India on Wednesday

The Rs 59,000 crore Rafale deal has long been a contentious issue between the NDA government and the Opposition, with the latter levelling corruption and crony capitalism charges against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Former minister and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Sunday alleged conflict of interest and also asked the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Rajiv Mehrishi to recuse himself from auditing the deal as he was the finance secretary when the deal was negotiated. Mehrishi had joined the Department of Economic Affairs under the Ministry of Finance as Secretary in October 2014.

Union Minister Arun Jaitley, however, rebutted the claims of Sibal saying that the Congress was casting aspersions on the institution of CAG based on “falsehood”.

Recently, The Hindu reported that defence ministry had raised ‘strong objections’ to the “parallel negotiations” conducted by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) with the French side over the Rafale deal. A defence ministry note dated November 24, 2015 given to the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar further read that such discussions only “weakened the negotiating position of the MoD”.

The Rafale jets purchase issue continues to rock the Parliament with Congress President Rahul Gandhi directly accusing the Prime Minister of benefiting industrialist Anil Ambani. The ‘Rafale controversy’ has headlined most of the Congress’ campaigns since late 2018.

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  • 3:33 PM IST

    The CAG report on Rafale deal will now be tabled in the Lok Sabha on February 13, the last day of the ongoing session. Reportedly, the CAG report copies have not yet reached the Parliament. : Reports

  • 2:03 PM IST

    Lok Sabha adjourned till 3 pm.

  • 12:57 PM IST

    BJP Set to Table CAG Report on Rafale: In a rebuttal to Rahul Gandhi’s charge against Prime Minister Narendra Modi acting as a middleman in the Rafale deal, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “The email that Rahul Gandhi is flashing infront of the media pertains to a contract regarding a helicopter deal, completely different from Rafale like he alleges… But, I want to know how did Rahul Gandhi gain access to this email?”

  • 12:52 PM IST

    BJP Set to Table CAG Report on Rafale: Throwing weight behind Rahul Gandhi’s address to media earlier today with a copy of an email pinning Anil Ambani and co. , senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal tweeted the email trail.

  • 12:38 PM IST

  • 12:29 PM IST

    BJP Set to Table CAG Report on Rafale: Holding a copy of an email written to Anil Ambani, Rahul Gandhi demanded answers from the prime minister. “Now PM needs to answer how did Anil Ambani know 10 days in advance of the Rafale deal. Defence Minister, HAL, Foreign Secy don’t know but Anil Ambani knew. If this is true then PM is in violation of official secrets act, criminal action must be initiated on this basis.”

  • 12:22 PM IST

    BJP Set to Table CAG Report on Rafale: Addressing the media hours before the BJP government is to table the CAG report on Rafale deal in Lok Sabha, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said, “Narendra Modi ji is acting as the middleman of Anil Ambani. This email is clear. An airbus executive wrote that Mr.Anil Ambani met the (then) French Defence Minister and told him 10 days before the Rafale deal was signed that he was going to get it.”

  • 12:21 PM IST
    BJP to Table CAG Report on Rafale in Lok Sabha: Speaking to the media, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge today said, “Let’s see what all they (BJP government) have written in it. In my opinion, they will give the same suggestions here (Lok Sabha) which they gave to Supreme Court in a sealed cover.”