New Delhi: After the Supreme Court rejected a probe into the Rafale jet deal saying it found no substantial evidence of any commercial favoritism. The Congress leader said that the court ruling not a setback at all.
On the same note, the Congress said that the party would keep up its demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to investigate the deal, adding that it was the only forum to look into alleged corruption.
Hence, party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said “The verdict of the Supreme Court is a validation of what the Congress party stated months ago that the Supreme Court is not the forum to decide such sensitive defence contracts”
The Congress leader said alleging that the government gave a one-sided half-baked information to the Supreme Court which has not been scrutinized by anyone. If they have nothing to hide, I challenge Modi Ji and his government to submit to a submit to a JPC probe which will question and go into the corruption in the defense deal”
Despite the inexperience of his defence company, the Congress president alleges huge corruption by the government to favor industrialist Anil Ambani, who, he maintains scored an offset deal with Dassault. The Congress alleges that the centre scrapped a deal for 126 Rafale jets negotiated by the previous UPA government and entered an expensive new contract just to help Anil Ambani.
Anil Ambani Reliance Defence was chosen as one of those offset partners and is to manufacture plane parts-though, not for the 36 jets ordered by India. Mr. Gandhi allegations are centered on the offset deal, in which Dassault has to invest half the value of the contract-about Rs 30,000 crore.
The Top Court said “ there was no substantial evidence of commercial favoritism to any private entry demolishing the Congress and opposition arguments.