PAC will grill Attorney General, CAG chief for ‘lying’ in Supreme Court on Rafale deal: Mallikarjun Kharge

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Congress leader and the chairman of Public Accounts Committee, Mallikarjun Kharge has said that the Centre’s Narendra Modi government had lied in the Supreme Court on the Rafale deal.

Mallikarjun Kharge

Kharge said that he was going to request the members of the Public Accounts Committee on summoning the Attorney General. “The CAG chief will also be grilled to know when the CAG report was submitted in the parliament and when it was made public,” Kharge said.

Kharge also told reporters, “The government lied in the Supreme Court that the CAG report was presented in the house and in the PAC and PAC has probed it. The government said in the Supreme Court that it is in public domain. Where is it? Have you seen it? I am going to take this up with other members of PAC.”

He asked the government to apologise to the nation. “Is what’s written in the judgement a lie? If that’s the case, then ylou (government) must apologise to the nation.” The veteran Congress leader found support from the BJP’s Subramanian Swamy, who told news agency ANI, “PAC Chairman Mallikarjun Kharge saying he has not got CAG report, then we have to take his word. He (Kharge) should file an affidavit or review petition in the court saying that I did not receive and the committee has not examined it.”

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday had lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly lying in the Supreme Court.

While dismissing the petitions seeking a probe in the Rafale deal, the Supreme Court’s bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had said, “The material placed before us shows that theGovernment has not disclosed pricing details, other than the basic price of the aircraft, even to the Parliament, on the ground that sensitivity of pricing details could affect national security, apart from breaching the agreement between the two countries. The pricing details have, however, been shared with the Comptroller and Auditor General (hereinafter referred to as “CAG”), and the report of the CAG has been examined by the Public Accounts Committee (hereafter referred to as “PAC”). Only a redacted portion of the report was placed before the Parliament, and is in public domain.”

 

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