Continuing to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal, Congress claimed on Friday that the treasury loss due to the deal was at least 21,075 kroner. The party said that there was a violation of national security and asked for an explanation from the Center.
Citing documents accessed by French media house Mediapart.fr, AICC Secretary-General Randeep Singh Surjewala told reporters on Friday that the ‘Indian negotiating team’ had arrived at a reference cost of 5.06 billion euros for 36 Rafale fighter jets. including a package of weapons. “Isn’t it true that the price of 7.87 billion euros for 36 aircraft was decided by Dassault Aviation at its internal meeting on January 20, 2016?” Isn’t it true that the Indian team rejected this calculation of the price of 7.87 billion euros for 36 aircraft the very next day? He asked.
He said the Narendra Modi government had accepted the prices according to Dassault’s decision at their internal meeting and that the contract had been awarded to Dassault. “What happened something for something to accept a price of 7.87 billion euros when the Ministry of Defense calculated the price at 5.06 billion euros? “What is the reason for the additional payment of 2.81 billion euros (21,075 kroner) which causes a loss in the state treasury? Isn’t it more than prima facie evidence for a Rafale fraud investigation? Surjewal asked.
He asked how private individuals and intermediaries could be so powerful as to influence the decisions of the Modi government in India’s largest defense deal. “Isn’t a thorough independent investigation needed?” Surjewala asked.
Finding that the Supreme Court is not a platform for deciding and investigating corruption in the Rafale agreement, the party reiterated its request for an impartial thorough investigation when more than prima facie evidence of corruption, treason, violation of national security is out in the open for all to see, it said.