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Enough material evidence to nail Prime Minister on Rafale deal, claims Rahul Gandhi

The deal was “a partnership between Modi and Anil Ambani,”he alleges.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said there was enough material evidence to nail Prime Minister Narendra Modi for corruption in the Rafale fighter aircraft deal.

Addressing the media at the Congress headquarters in New Delhi, he said that as per the Dassault Aviation CEO, the contract was given to Anil Ambani’s firm Reliance Defence since it had land in its possession. “But now it turns out that Anil Ambani bought the land with the money that Dassault Aviation gave their company”, Mr. Gandhi alleged. “Why did Dassault transfer Rs 284 crore to a loss making company. Why is the Dassault Aviation CEO lying. Who is he protecting?”

Mr. Gandhi said the deal was “a partnership between two people — Modi and Anil Ambani”. “Mr. Modi personally intervened and negotiated the deal, and not the (then) Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar,” he said. The clearance from the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) was taken afterwards, he said, adding that Mr. Parrikar had distanced himself from the deal.

He said that if a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe was ordered, more details about corruption would come out. “Since the CBI chief knew about this, he was removed. the Prime Minister is terrified,” he added.