Congress president Rahul Gandhi on 13 November 2018 alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had admitted to “theft” in the Rafale deal before the Supreme Court and changes in the contract without asking the Indian Air Force.
On Monday, the centre submitted to the Supreme Court a 14-page document that detailed the steps in the decision-making process that led to the purchase of 36 Rafale jets. A redacted version of the document was also shared with the petitioners, which included details on the choice of India offset partners by Dassault, the company that manufactures the Rafale fighter jets.
The document shows that PM Modi announced on April 10, 2015, in Paris, that his government was buying 36 Rafale jets from France. But the approval of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the decision-making body in military procurements, for the jets was taken only on May 13, 2015.
“Modi ji has admitted to his theft in the Supreme Court. In the affidavit, he admitted to changes in the contract without asking the Air Force and put Rs. 30,000 crore in (Anil) Ambani’s pocket. Picture abhi baki hai mere dost (It’s not over yet),” the Congress president tweeted today.
He also tagged a media report, alleging that the government in its affidavit before the Supreme Court has thrown up more “wrongdoings” in the Rafale deal.
The Centre disclosed to the Supreme Court the pricing details for the 36 Rafale jets that were negotiated on “better terms” and said it “completely followed” the Defence Procurement Procedure laid out in 2013 and secured approval of the Cabinet Committee on Security.
The submission by the Centre was made in the 14-page document that has since been made public.
However, the pricing details provided in a sealed cover remained in the custody of the top court. The court will peruse both the documents and take up the matter on Wednesday.
The Congress also dismissed as “doctored explanations” the interview given by Dassault CEO Eric Trappier to ANI where he had rubbished Rahul’s claims and dubbed the congress president as a “liar”.
Fixed match between BJP government & Dassault and PR stunts of PM Modi & Eric Trappier can’t hide the blatant corruption,” Congress chief spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said. “’Dictated interviews and manufactured lies cannot suppress the Rafale scam,” Surjewala said reiterating the demand for an investigation into the fighter aircraft deal by a Joint Parliamentary Committee.
Reference- deccanherald.com, NDTV.com, News18.com
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