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Corruption in Rafale deal led to Rs 21,075 cr loss, claims Congress after latest French twist

In a fresh attack, Congress' Randeep Surjewala asks why Modi govt removed mandatory 'anti-corruption clauses' in Rafale deal, demands independent probe.

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New Delhi: Launching a fresh offensive, the Congress demanded answers from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday over charges of a “middleman” in the Rafale fighter jet deal and sought an independent probe into the matter.

Congress general secretary and chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged corruption and a loss of Rs 21,075 crore to the state exchequer in the Rafale deal, after a French media outlet reported about the role of a “middleman”.

“How can a private individual and middleman be so powerful as to influence the decisions of the Modi government in India’s biggest defence deal? Does it not require a thorough independent investigation?” he asked at a press conference.

“The government can no longer hide and it must answer to the people of India,” Surjewala said.

The government has denied any wrongdoing and the presence of middlemen in the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from French firm Dassault Aviation, noting that it was a government-to-government deal.

Union minister and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad recently told a press conference that the allegations of corruption were “completely baseless” and suggested that a report in the French media about alleged financial irregularities in the deal may be due to “corporate rivalry” in that country.

Dassault Aviation rejected the fresh allegations of corruption in the Rafale deal on Thursday, saying no violations were reported in the frame of the contract, days after French online journal “Mediapart” alleged that the jet manufacturer had paid nearly one million Euros to an Indian middleman.

Surjewala also asked why the government removed the mandatory “anti-corruption clauses” in the Rafale deal and whether the prime minister knew of it.

“Isn’t it correct that the French government or Dassault deleted the anti-corruption clauses? Were the anti-corruption clauses deleted to escape responsibility from the bribery and commissions to be paid in the Rafale deal?” he asked.

The Congress leader questioned why the deletion of the “anti-corruption clauses” was approved by the prime minister and the government in September 2016, despite the defence ministry’s insistence upon including those in the inter-governmental agreement in July 2015.

He alleged that “fresh revelations in the Rafale scam have now cemented corruption, treason, loss to public exchequer of at least 2.81 billion euros (Rs 21,075 crore) and criminal breach of national security by the Modi government”.

“The prime minister and the government must answer to the nation,” Surjewala said, referring to the revelations made by “Mediapart” that arms dealer Sushen Gupta, charge-sheeted by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, supplied classified documents to Dassault Aviation on the Indian negotiating team when talks were gridlocked over benchmark pricing in the 7.87-billion-euro Rafale deal.


Also read: Congress seeks probe into Rafale deal after French media claims 1.1 mn Euros paid to middleman


 

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17 COMMENTS

  1. The government should immediately go ahead with the purchase of the intended 36 more Rafales. Only then these canines would stop.

  2. Congressmen are toothless barking dogs. They shoot and scoot. If they have an iota of truth in the allegations they make, why don’t they file a suit in a competent court. When BJP could do this to Congress leadership in National Herald case, Bofors, Coal scam, 2G, Commonwealth, Scorpene deal, Helicopter etc. why does Congress not do the same?

  3. As long as congress keeps using these foreign media outlets with baseless allegations to propel its political narrative, till then we will see a surge in such anti-BJP reports from many more outlets as it brings them huge publicity and private funding. This in-turn could be used by Pakistan, China and other countries hostile to destabilize India and prevent govt. from taking any strong step for our improvements, fearing backlash.

  4. As long as congress keeps using these foreign media outlets with baseless allegations to propel its political narrative, till then we will see a surge in such anti-bjp reports from many more outlets as it brings them huge
    Publicity and private funding. This in-turn could be used by pakistan and china to destabilize govt. And prevent it from taking any strong step for our improvements, fearing backlash.

  5. As long as congress keeps using these foreign media outlets with baseless allegations to propel its political narrative, till then we will see a surge in such anti-bjp reports from many more outlets as it brings them huge
    Publicity and private funding. This in-turn could be used by pakistan and china to destabilize govt. And prevent it from taking any strong step for our improvements, fearing backlash.

  6. As long as congress keep using these foreign media house publications (with baseless allegations) to propel their political propaganda, till then we will see a surge in anti-bjp reports from many more media houses as it bring them good publicity and private funding. This in-turn could be used by pakistan, china and countries hostile to India to destabilize our govt. and prevent it from taking any strong steps for our improvement.

  7. One million euronis only 8 crore. What rubbish. In a govt to govt dela you don’t have clauses like you have in normal agreement. They are crying because they couldn’t make any money. Stop making issue of Non issue, Rafael is closed chapter.

  8. This joker i.e., Congress party representative has brains at the wrong place .these chaps looted India of its wealth and natural resources for so long that they really don’t know the value of money or how difficult it is to earn that quantum / amount of money .for a thief Rs.100 and Rs.10000 means nothing because it does not belong to him / her , same is with Congress party and it’s leaders.Jai BHARAT .Jai ho Modi Saab Jai ho.

  9. Why was congress sleeping on Rafale. They had the opportunity. Some progess is made and they don’t want to see India strong. Now again they raise such boogeys to ensure we don’t progress. Just ignore. Progress.

  10. Congress mindset will not change as they were, and will be corrupted Brains misusing public money. Ruled for 55 years India lost its shine and power. To learn lie, cheat and steal anyone can join the Congress.

  11. The alleged corruption and a loss of Rs 21,075 cr should be off set against the alleged corruption of the people in power just between 2004 and 2014.
    Both are alleged corruptions only , but would still give us a reasonable comparison.

  12. You people don’t know the calculations. The expenditure paid to Middleman is 1 Million Euros as per the France Reports. Atleast open up your mind and calculate how many indian Rupees is 1 Million Euros.
    The opposition is not using the brain and simply say that 21,000 crores ex chequer to the Govt. So that the appeal fails.

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