New Delhi: Even after the Supreme Court, in its Friday verdict, states that there was no proof of wrongdoing in the Rafale fighter jet deal, Congress supremo Rahul Gandhi has continued his tirade against the Modi government while claiming that he will prove that there is realtion between Prime Minister Narendra Modi helped his “friend”, Anil Ambani.
“Our basic question is how price of each aircraft has gone up to Rs 1,600 crore from Rs 526 crore,” Rahul Gandhi asked in a press conference this evening, posting a series of questions for the Modi government.
Hours after the Supreme Court’s clean chit to the government on the Rafale deal, Rahul Gandhi raised questions about the basis of the court’s decision and declared: “Chowkidar chor hai. We will prove that Prime Minister Narendra Modi helped his friend Anil Ambani.”
The Congress president also raised questions about the Supreme Court judgement referring to a CAG or Comptroller and Auditor General report on the pricing of the 36 Rafale jets to be purchased from France’s Dassault.
Gandhi said though the court had mentioned the report and said it was in the public domain, no one had seen it, not even senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who heads the Public Accounts Committee.
“The basic foundation of the Supreme Court judgement is the CAG report. PAC chairman has not seen the CAG report. Yet the court has seen it. I am seriously not able to understand. You are laughing (to the media) but I don’t understand,” said the Congress chief.
Earlier in the day, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the Congress had stated earlier that the Rafale issue cannot be decided by the Supreme Court, and the alleged corruption in the defence contract can only be brought out by a Joint Parliamentary Committee after examining the files and notings in the contract.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday ruled out the possibility of a Joint Parliamentary Committee, and said “The deaf will never hear an answer.”
In a joint press conference with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman after the Supreme Court’s massive validation for the government, Jaitley said “deals like Rafale cannot be reviewed in a body of partisan divisions, it can only be done in a court of law.”
The Supreme Court today ruled that there is no reason to doubt the decision-making process behind the Rafale jet deal, clearing the government, which has been repeatedly accused by the Congress of corruption in the Rs 59,000-crore deal. Petitions alleging that the government had gone for an overpriced deal to help Anil Ambani’s company bag an offset contract with jet-maker Dassault also didn’t wash with the top court, which dismissed the need for a probe and said: “There is no evidence of commercial favouritism to any private entity.”