In a Facebook blog, the Union minister said that the accusations against CAG Rajiv Mehrishi are “lies” peddled to save the dynasty, an apparent reference to the Nehru-Gandhi family.
The blog comes on a day when Congress president Rahul Gandhi held a press conference and claimed that Mehrishi, who was entrusted with the task of making the CAG report on the Rafale defence deal, was himself part of the decision making process on the deal.
“In 2014-15, the present CAG was Secretary (Economic Affairs) in the Ministry of Finance. Being a senior most at one point in time, he was also designated as the Finance Secretary. I say this without fear of contradiction that no file or paper relating to the Rafale transaction ever reached him nor was he in any way, directly or indirectly, associated with the decision making on defence purchases,” Jaitley wrote.
The Union minister dismissed opposition’s allegations on the pricing of the Rafale fighter jets.
“The dynast knows that his 500 crore vs 1600 crore kindergarten argument was a fictional story,” he added.
Jaitley also slammed a media report which had claimed that the defence ministry had objected to “parallel negotiations” between the Prime Minister’s Office and stakeholders on the French side on the Rafale defence deal.