Congress alleges govt 'manipulated' Rafale deal process

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Wednesday accused the Modi government of "manipulating" the process of Rafale fighter jet settlement by way of "punishing" bureaucrats who raised objections to the deal and rewarding "obliging officials".

The opposition party additionally reiterated its demand for a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe.

Congress spokesperson S Jaipal Reddy said defence offers of this magnitude are first tested by way of departments, approved by way of the Cabinet Committee on Security after which sealed.

He alleged that in 2016, the then joint secretary was overruled by way of the director normal acquisition for the move ahead to the deal, after a brand new officer was brought in the post, in place of one who had the reputation of being unbending.

"To manage this process, bureaucrats were bulldozed, bullied, punished, promoted, the whole process of ratification was fabricated, stage-managed, and manipulated. Such a thing has not happened in the history of independent India," Reddy alleged, claiming that "obliging officers" had been "rewarded" later.


The opposition led by way of the Congress has been accusing the government of reaping rewards Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence Ltd. from the Rafale deal. The government and Reliance Defence have pushed aside all of the allegations as false.


The Rafale controversy took a brand new turn closing month after Francois Hollande, who was French president when the Rs 58,000-crore deal was introduced, was quoted as pronouncing by way of French e-newsletter Mediapart that France was given "no choice" on selection of the Indian spouse for Dassault, the manufacturer of Rafale jets.


The Indian government proposed the identify of Reliance as offset spouse for the French aerospace large, he said. However, the government maintained its stand that it had no function in choosing the Indian offset spouse for Dassault.


Modi had introduced the procurement of 36 Rafale opponents after conserving talks with Hollande on April 10, 2015, in Paris.
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