PM Modi directly involved in 'Rafale scam', claims Congress; demands JPC probe

30 August 2018, 11:59 PM
Congress claims PM Modi directly involved in 'Rafale scam', demands JPC probe (Photo: Twitter/INCIndia)
Congress claims PM Modi directly involved in 'Rafale scam', demands JPC probe (Photo: Twitter/INCIndia)

The Opposition Congress on Thursday fired a salvo at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of direct involvement in Rs 1,30,000 crore mega “Rafale scam” and demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe the defence deal with France. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused Modi of lying to the nation and pointed out that India-France joint statement clearly stated that the 36 aircraft in question will be of the same configuration.

“There are clear facts in Rafale case. Anil Ambani has ₹45000Cr debt. He formed the company 10 days before the deal. What is the deal between Anil Ambani and PM Modi?” the Congress president asked.

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“I have no problem in creating a Joint Parliamentary Committee, where all facts can be disclosed,” he added.

Earlier in the day, the Gandhi scion had reminded Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of the 24-hour deadline to set up an all-party Parliamentary Committee to probe the alleged scam in the Rafale fighter jet deal with France.

On Wednesday, the Congress president had challenged Jaitley to form an all-party lawmakers' panel into what he called the “Great Rafale Robbery”. The Finance Minister, however, refused to form the JPC to probe the alleged Rafale scam, terming Congress party’s claims a "complete falsehood".

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First Published: Thursday, August 30, 2018 08:01 PM
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