November 12, 2018 3:53:03 pm
A group of former civil servants Monday wrote a letter to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India demanding the submission of audit reports on the Rafale fighter aircraft deal signed between India and France in 2015 and the note ban implemented by the central government in November 2016. They have urged the CAG to submit the reports to the President of India.
A statement was released to the media by a former civil servant, Ramani Venkatesan, on behalf of the group stating the same. He further said a letter of the copy has been sent to President Ram Nath Kovind.
Earlier in the day, the government submitted a document to petitioners challenging the aircraft deal stating that the Indian side negotiated with their French counterparts for a year before signing the Rafale agreement.
The document, titled “Details of the steps in the decision-making process leading to the award of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft order”, stated that the process as laid down in the Defence Procurement Procedure-2013 has been followed in the procurement of the Rafale aircraft.
According to a Supreme Court direction on details of the decision taken to procure the fighter aircraft, the government submitted the document to petitioners, including former Union Ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie along with activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan. The process, as laid down in the Defence Procurement Procedure-2013, was followed in the procurement of Rafale aircraft, the document read, according to PTI.
The two former union ministers and Bhushan have sought registration of an FIR into the fighter jet deal between India and France alleging “criminal misconduct” by high public functionaries.
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