Mumbai (Web Desk): Indian Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be investigated in 36 Rafale fighter jets.
“There is now enough evidence to prosecute the PM in the #RafaleScam,” Rahul said in tweet. “The trail of corruption begins & ends with him,” he added.
There is now enough evidence to prosecute the PM in the #RafaleScam.
The trail of corruption begins & ends with him.
That crucial Rafale files incriminating him are now reported “stolen” by the Govt, is destruction of evidence & an obvious coverup. #FIRagainstCorruptModi— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 6, 2019
Last week, Modi admitted Pakistan Air Force’s superiority in air warfare, saying India would have achieved much more if the country had the possession of French-made Rafale aircraft.
“The country has felt the shortage of Rafale. Today, India is speaking in one voice and saying what all could have happened if we had Rafale. Ego politics over the Rafale deal has harmed the nation,” the prime minister said, taking advantage of the recent air skirmishes between the two countries, at the India Today Conclave 2019 in Delhi.
Indian political parties have been gunning for Modi over the 2016 purchase of 36 Rafale planes from Dassault Aviation estimated to be worth $8.7 billion, saying he had overpaid for the planes and had not been transparent. The deal was aimed at to overhauling the outdated IAF fleet.
The Indian premier further said the country suffered due to "vested interest" over the Rafale jets in the past.
"We continue to suffer due to the politicisation of the Rafale deal. The vested interests and politicisation has caused great harm to the nation's interest," he said.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was quick to shame Modi for the alleged corruption in Rafale deal.
"Dear PM, Have you no shame at all? YOU stole 30,000 Cr and gave it to your friend Anil," Rahul said in a tweet.
"YOU are WHY brave IAF pilots like Wing Cdr. Abhinandan, are risking their lives flying outdated jets."
Last year, the Indian Supreme Court dismissed all petitions filed against the $8.7 billion Rafale fighter jet deal concluded with France under government-to-government negotiations in 2016. The Court said that there was no reason to doubt the process through which the Rafale deal was finalised.
Chairing a three-member bench, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said there was no reason to doubt the government's decision-making process in the multi-billion dollar deal.