Rafale deal’s controversy has gathered pace in India as opposition demanded details of agreements several time but Modi-led government could not satisfy the opposition. As in a recent allegations from opposition, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday(Feb 12) accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “treason”, alleging that he had shared a “defence secret” with industrialist Anil Ambani and violated the Official Secrets Act.
“(The then) Defence Minister Parrikar had said after the deal was signed that he did not know about this new deal. HAL was negotiating with Rafale, but was unaware that they have been kicked out of negotiation. Anil Ambani is sitting in the French Defence Minister’s office telling the Defence Minister that in a couple of days, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to sign an MoU with him.” “So, a couple of questions arise — this is a breach of ‘Official Secrets Act’. The Prime Minister who is the only other person who knows about this deal has informed Anil Ambani and Anil Ambani is telling the French that he is going to be getting a deal which he gets. He opens the company after this conversation…. The Prime Minister is acting as Anil Ambani’s middleman and this is in black and white for anybody who wants to read it,” Rahul said.
“This is now treason, this is nothing less. Narendra Modi is doing what spies do. He is informing somebody of a defence matter. He is under oath…to protect these secrets and he is now giving the secrets to Anil Ambani, who knows 10 days before that the biggest defence deal in the world is going to him. The Defence Minister does not know, the Foreign Secretary does not know, the entire defence establishment does not know… This itself will put the Prime Minister in jail,” Rahul added.
The Rafale deal controversy is a political controversy in India related to the purchase of 36 multirole fighter aircraft for a price estimated at €7.8 billion by the Defence Ministry of India from France’s Dassault Aviation. The origin of the deal lies in the Indian MRCA competition, a multi-billion dollar contract to supply 126 multi-role combat aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF).
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20 May, 2019