Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday again took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Reliance Communications’ Anil Ambani over a contempt petition filed by Ericsson India Private Limited in relation to the settlement of Rs 550 crore.
Rahul Gandhi, bringing in the Rafale Deal in focus, wrote
“Modi’s Operandi for handing out India’s biggest defence contracts –
- Be a defaulter of (Rs) 45,000 crore.
- Owe money to other companies who beg Supreme Court not to let you leave India.
- Be called ‘Bhai’ by PM but have no relevant experience,” Gandhi said in a tweet.
He also cited a media report claiming that Swedish telecom equipment company Ericsson has petitioned the Supreme Court to prevent Ambani and two senior executives from his group from leaving the country after accusing them of willfully defaulting in previously promised payment of Rs 550 crore by alleged abuse of process of law.
Modi’s Operandi for handing out India’s biggest defence contracts:
1. Be a defaulter of 45,000Cr.
2. Owe money to other companies who beg Supreme Court not to let you leave India.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 3, 2018
The Congress president made the comment in reference to the controversy surrounding the Rafale jet deal in which he had alleged that a Rs. 30,000 crore contract was wrongly given to Reliance Defence to benefit Anil Ambani who, he claimed, was in debt of Rs. 45,000 crore.
Mr Gandhi had also alleged that Mr Ambani’s company didn’t have any experience in defence manufacturing and it was wrongly preferred over state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited which had expertise in the field.
The BJP and Reliance Defence had dismissed the allegations as false.
According to news agency PTI, Ericsson, who was an “unsecured creditor of RCOM” has filed a Contempt Petition on October 1, 2018, in the apex court in relation to the settlement amount of Rs 550 crore to be paid by RCom. The Reliance Communication has called this filing “unwarranted”. The RCOM has sought another 60 days for the repayment, which it could not do earlier due to ‘factors beyond its control’.
It said, in its statement, “The extension has been sought purely due to the fact that, as approved by 38 secured lenders, and as per RCOM’s undertaking, Ericsson is to be paid from the sales proceeds of spectrum being traded by RCom, and such sale could not be completed as yet owing to factors beyond the control of RCOM.”
Ericsson said, as quoted by the Times of India, “They have no respect for the law of the nation, and have abused the process of law.” It also urged the Supreme Court to initiate contempt proceedings against the company from not allowing them to leave the country. “…prevent these persons from leaving the country without the specific permission of this court… these directions are necessary to secure the ends of justice.”
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