Congress sparks Controversy as CAG drops audit of Rafale offset

A federal auditor has recently revealed that the audit report submitted by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) reads no mention of any offset deals related to Rafale aircraft that was purchased from the French company Dassault Aviation.

The Rafale deal was quite an infamous controversy during the 2019 general elections of the country. Leaders from the Indian National Congress have repeatedly demanded CBI inquiries on the terms of the Dassault Aviation appointing Reliance defence of Anil Ambani group as its partner for the offset contract. The government, however, has denied any information, laying the onus on the discretion of the French manufacturer.

Reportedly, the federal auditor had initially picked up 32 defence offset contracts in relation to the Rafale deal. However, It has surfaced that the comptroller and Auditor general had only reviewed 12 defence offset contracts in the audit report that was submitted to the government in 2019.

Yet again soon after the news of the CAG report dropped, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has reportedly fired a fresh salvo at prime minister Narendra Modi alleging that money was stolen from the Indian exchequer. He took to twitter and even quoted Gandhi, “Money was stolen from the Indian exchequer in Rafale. “Truth is one, paths are many.” Mahatma Gandhi (sic),”

India received its first set of Rafale fighters in July against the 36 aircraft deal signed with the French company for about Rs 59,000 crore.  Following the submission of the CAG  report, the government has scheduled a session of Parliament while referring to the Public Accounts Committee, led by the Opposition leader, for its scrutiny.

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