New Delhi, Mar 6: Reacting to latest revelations of report of the Indian Negotiating team on Rafale deal that the price of the 36 jets being brought by the Modi Government was much higher compared to the 126 jets being bought by the UPA government, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said there was now enough evidence to prosecute the PM in the Rafale scam.
In a post on social media, Rahul said, “There is now enough evidence to prosecute the PM in the Rafale Scam. The trail of corruption begins and ends with him. That crucial Rafale files incriminating him are now reported “stolen” by the Government, is destruction of evidence and an obvious coverup. FIRagainstCorruptModi.’’
At a press conference here, AICC media incharge Randeep Surjewala, charging the PM with misusing his position to provide undue benefit to Dassault aviation company and causing a loss to the public exchequer, said an FIR should be filed against Prime Minister Narendra Modi under the Prevention for corruption Act 1988.
“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 compared 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 Dessault aviation company. This 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,”he said. (UNI)