Rafale deal: CAG refuses to disclose details about ongoing audit, cites breach of parliamentary privilege

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Rafale deal: A month after the Supreme Court dismissed pleas challenging the deal between India and France for the procurement of 36 Rafale jets, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has denied disclosing the details about its audit in the Rafale deal. The CAG said that the audit is under process and any disclosure at this stage will amount to breach of the Parliaments privilege. The CAG was responding to an RTI application from a Pune-based activist Vihar Durve. The audit is under progress and the report is yet to be finalised. The information cannot be given under Section 8(1)(C) of the RTI Act as the disclosure would cause breach of Parliament, it said. Read | Digital payments: Small shops get banks It added that the audit in the Indian Air Force is done by designated principal audit officer of the force and the reports are submitted to the national auditor for approval. Also read | IRCTC next generation e-ticketing: 7 recent features on Indian Railways website you may not know The Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre had approached the Supreme Court seeking changes in the judgment after Congress insisted that no such CAG report had been placed before the Public Accounts Committee. In the application, the Centre has said the two sentences in paragraph 25 of the Supreme Courts verdict on Rafale deal appeared to have been based on the note submitted by it along with the pricing details in a sealed cover, but indicated the words used by the court lent a different meaning. The Centre clarified that the note had said the government has already shared the price details with the CAG.

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