New Delhi, Mar 6 : Reacting to the latest revelations of the report of the indian Negotiating team on the Rafale deal that the price of the 36 jets being brought by the Modi Government as much higher compared to the 126 jets being bought by the UPA government, the Congress party on Wednesday charged Prime Minister Narendra Modi of misleading the parliament on the issue.
Charging the PM of misusing his position to provide an undue benefit to Dassault Aviation company and causing a loss to the public exchequer, the party said an FIR should be filed against Prime Minister Narendra Modi under the Prevention for corruption Act 1988.
Addressing the media here, Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “it is clear from the revelations that the PM mislead the country by claiming that the price of Rafale jets bought by the NDA were less comapred to those being bought during UPA. Further, he also removed the bank guarantee of 574 million Euros (Rs 4305 cr) included in the price of 126 jets negotiated by the UPA , in the meeting of the cabinet committee for security, to benefit the Dassault aviation company. This was despite the Defence Ministry and law Minister saying the clause of bank guarantee was a mandatory one.
It is now clear that the PM caused a loss to the public exchequer to benefit Dassault aviation company by misusing his office. It’s a clear cut case of section 13 (1D) of Prevention of Corruption Act and other sections of Indian Penal Code. Time has come to lodge an FIR to investigate the case and find the truth vis-a-vis the conduct of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others involved in the case.”
Surjewala said the Indian Negotiating Team (INT) to finalise the purchase of the fighter jets was sidelined and NSA Ajit Doval finalised the deal at the behest of the Prime Minister Office (PMO).
'It is clear that the PM sidelined the INT and was himself negotiate the deal for 36 aircrafts. The final negotiation was done by national security adviser Ajit Doval on january 12 and 13, 2016 and on january 13, 2016 the deal was signed. The lie of Modi government has now been caught,'Mr Surjewala said.
He said that the revelations show that the Defence secretary , on November 24, 2015 expressed objections on the file. that the Prime Minister's office was sidelining the INT and doing direct negotiations on the rafale deal which has weakened the stand taken by the INT.
'When this sensational revelation came out, PM modi put pressure on Defence secretary to give a statement that the "PMO did not interfere in the final negotiation','Mr Surjewala said.
Pointing out that Mr Ajit Doval was neither a part of the INT nor had been authorised by the CCS, Surjewala said: “If so, in what capacity did he sideline the INT and decide to directly negotiate the rafale deal. It is clear that everythingw as being done on instruction of PM Modi”. (UNI)