Bacops Ltd defence deal: Ready for any probe, but what about Rafale? Rahul

Bacops Ltd defence deal: Ready for any probe, but what about Rafale? Rahul

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New Delhi, May 4 : Reacting to a media reports alleging that his former business partner Backops Limited had got offset defence contracts during UPA rule, Congress president Rahul Gandhi here on Saturday said he was ready for any investigation and claimed he had done 'nothing' wrong.

However, the Congress president said that Rafale deal should also be probed.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr Gandhi said "please take any investigation you want and any action against me. I have no problem as I have not done anything wrong. But please also investigate Rafale."

In the media report, it was alleged that Rahul’s former business partner at Backops Limited in the UK -- the same company that in its documents for incorporation had said that Rahul Gandhi was a British citizen -- had got offset defence contracts during United Progressive Alliance government's rule.

The report claimed that the former partner, Ulrik Mcknight, who was also co-owner at BackOps, acquired defence assets. It also claimed that Rahul Gandhi had a 65 per cent stake in Backops between 2003 and 2009, when it was wound up.

However, after that McKnight acquired offset contracts from French defence supplier Naval Group against Scorpene submarines in 2011, the report said.

The report also claims that McKnight also went on and signed a contract with a Visakhapatnam-based firm for the supply of critical parts for the Scorpene missile.

Reacting to the media report, BJP chief Amit Shah tweeted, "with Rahul Gandhi’s Midas Touch, no deal is too much. When he has a say, his business partners make hay. Doesn’t matter if India suffers on the way.’’ (UNI)