“The draft report for the Rafale deal was sent to the ministry almost two weeks back,” said a government official. After receiving the views and responses from the Ministry of defence. CAG will review them and then only the final draft will be made.

            “The exit conference with the regard to the Rafale deal and other defence deals may take place by the end of this month or early next year. It hopes to be ready with its report by the end of January or next year,” informed the official. NDA decision to enter into $8.7 billion deal with France to buy 36 Rafale warplanes has replaced the previous UPA decision to buy 126 Rafale warplanes. Among the 126 warplanes as was decided by UPA, 108 of which were to be made in India by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

           Last week, while dismissing the petitions filed against it, the Supreme Court had said that due process has been followed in the deal. It refused to order an investigation into the matter. However, now, the factual errors apparent in the SC judgment have given fresh arguments to the opposition to conveniently target the government again.

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