India picked the Rafale because France didn't have a problem with the aircraft being nuclear-capable, according to former Indian envoy Rakesh Sood.
The CAG report tabled in Parliament Wednesday had flagged the 'drawbacks' of a Letter of Comfort compared to a sovereign guarantee.
Attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama is something that the security establishment had long feared. More than terrorists, they say, IEDs are their biggest enemies.
Masood Azhar, who was released in exchange for passengers in the 1999 Kandahar hijacking, has been behind several high-profile attacks on Indian forces.
A simulator for the aircraft had been installed in 2012, but could not be used for training because IAF & manufacturer couldn’t finalise a usage contract.
The Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place around 3.15 pm in Kashmir's Pulwama.
CAG says a defence ministry panel report stated in March 2015 that Dassault was not L1 in the original bidding process for 126 jets, and so a contract could not be signed with it.
CAG notes Boeing's Chinook has lesser load capacity and carries fewer troops as compared to Russian Mi-26. Report says Mi-26 too does not meet all criteria.
IAF didn't want six India-specific enhancements that the Defence Ministry insisted on, the report says.
The Comptroller and Auditor General said the weapons package negotiated by the Modi govt was cheaper than what was being offered to the UPA.