Congress president Rahul Gandhi alleged that PM Modi has admitted to “theft” before the Supreme Court as Indian Air Force was never consulted before announcing the 59,000-crore Rafale fighter jet deal with France in 2015 — as revealed in the document shared by the government with petitioners demanding a probe into the deal.
On Monday, the centre submitted to the Supreme Court a 14-page document that detailed the steps in the decision-making process that led to the purchase of 36 Rafale jets. A redacted version of the document was also shared with the petitioners, which included details on the choice of India offset partners by Dassault, the company that manufactures the Rafale fighter jets.
“Modi ji has admitted to his theft in the Supreme Court. In the affidavit, he admitted to changes in the contract without asking the Air Force and put Rs. 30,000 crore in (Anil) Ambani’s pocket. Picture abhi baki hai mere dost (It’s not over yet),” the Congress president tweeted today.
On November 2, the Supreme Court had ordered the centre to put its decision-making process in the public domain amid corruption allegations by opposition parties on how Rafale manufacturer Dassault zeroed in on Anil Ambani’s debt-ridden defence company to partner with in India.
The centre submitted the document on Monday and even though it had said pricing details were classified, those were reportedly also submitted separately in a sealed cover.