New Delhi: Accusing the Narendra Modi government of ‘ever-shifting statements’, claiming it is a ‘gross violation of mandatory procedures’, Swaraj Abhiyan founder Prashant Bhushan, along with former union ministers Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha, pointed out several discrepancies in the Rafale aircraft deal on Wednesday, 8 August, at the Press Club of India in New Delhi.
They demanded a forensic CAG audit withing a stipulated time period of of three months.
Arun Shourie said the sudden manner in which the order for the Rafale fighter aircrafts was changed surely violates mandatory procedures. The contradictory and ever-shifting statements of ministers and the gross misuse of media reports have been misleading the country, he said.
At the press conference held at the Press Club of India in New Delhi, the three leaders raised many important questions related to the Rafale deal and urged the government to clear the facts.
“The Bofors was nothing compared to the Rafale scam, I can tell you as a person who covered it,” said veteran journalist and politician Arun Shourie.
Shourie, who served as the Minister of Communications in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, claimed that Rafale deal is a massive scandal which jeopardises national security. “PM Narendra Modi’s own core team was kept in the dark.”
Senior lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan called the deal a case of “criminal misconduct”.
The three leaders also launched a full frontal attack on the Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Defence, saying that the company which was “under Rs 8,000 crore in debt and had no experience in making aircraft” was given the contract rather than Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL).