New Delhi: A report by national auditor CAG on the Rafale deal will be tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, but sources said it does not mention pricing, the subject on which the government is facing opposition allegations of corruption. The CAG report – officially called Capital Acquisitions for Air Force – will be submitted just a day before the end of the ongoing Parliament session. Sources say the auditor was “explicitly told by the Defence Ministry that pricing details can’t be shared because of national security”.
There was a “lot of government pressure,” the sources told NDTV. The auditor agreed to keep pricing out of his report and carry out an audit on percentage terms. The report compares the two bids of 2007 and 2015 for the Rafale jets but on procedure and systems. The audit compares the government decision to procure 36 aircrafts using inflation and deciding on the price of the UPA’s procurement of 18 flyaway aircraft in 2007 along with the global tender, reports NDTV.