Rahul Gandhi On “Stolen” Rafale Papers- New Delhi: From where Rahul Gandhi had left last night, he had demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi be investigated in the NDA government’s deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets. They said, “I am not accusing anything now … government documents are calling it for themselves,” he said referring to those documents which the government had told the Supreme Court yesterday, they were stolen.
The entry of the government proved that the papers were “real”, Shri Gandhi told reporters at a press conference this morning. “The files clearly mention the role of the prime minister and the role of the PMO in the Rafale deal. They have acknowledged that these papers were stolen, thereby confirming that they are authentic … so where is this doubt This is proof”, said Mr. Gandhi.
Rahul Gandhi On “Stolen” Rafale Papers, Rafale Deal Controversy
PM Modi said, “Bypass surgery” was done in the Rafale deal. Delay in benefiting Anil Ambani,” Now this is the court’s work and the government’s job to ensure that justice is done”, said Mr. Gandhi … you can charge anything to anyone, but you can also blame the Prime Minister”, he said.
The BJP said that it is an “Unfounded, Shameful Allegation to the Prime Minister”. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Said that Mr Rahul Gandhi “will only listen when Pakistan will Authenticate Rafale Deal, he believes in Pakistan more than India’s armies.
Congress has alleged that the government accepted a major deal in 2016 and ignored the public sector aviation firm Hindustan Aeronautics Limited so that industrialist Anil Ambani’s rookie company Reliance Defense could get an offset contract. The government, Dassault and Anil Ambani have denied the allegations.
Yesterday, during Rafale’s hearing in the Supreme Court – which has been requested to reopen the case – the government said that classified documents related to the deal were stolen from the Ministry of Defense. The petitioners – who have demanded a review of the December verdict of the top court, who have supported this process in the deal – had illegally access those papers, the government said.
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The government had also warned about the possibility of the Official Secrets Act being implemented against English daily The Hindu and news agency ANI, which had published the report on the basis of letters.
Mr. Gandhi said that the papers “is a different thing” or not, what is important is that the truth on the piece of paper should be judged on justice.
The Hindu said in his report that the Ministry of Defense objected to “parallel Negotiations” for the Rafale jets by the Prime Minister’s Office. It cited an internal note of the ministry, stating that “parallel discussions by the PMO have weakened the situation by the MOD and the negotiating party”. Another report of The Hindu has said that due to the refusal of France’s bank guarantee, this deal became more expensive for India.
Responding to the government’s charge, N. Ram of The Hindu said that the documents related to the Rafale deal were published in public interest and no one will get any information about the sources that provide them.