Congress President Rahul Gandhi has maintained his stand that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had helped billionaire businessman Anil Ambani commit the theft of Rs 30,000 crore of taxpayers’ money in the Rafale deal.
Reacting to the Supreme Court’s judgement, which rejected the petitions seeking a probe into the deal, Gandhi said, “How is this possible that the foundation of the Supreme Court judgement is that the pricing (of Rafale jets) has been discussed in the PAC. And you have the chairman of the (Public Accounts Committee) PAC (Mallikarjun Kharge) sitting here and he hasn’t seen the CAG report yet. Nobody in the PAC has seen the CAG report. But the Supreme Court says this. I am seriously not able to understand this.”
His comments caused laughter in the room. Gandhi told reporters, “You may be laughing, but I am not able to understand.”
He added, “When you tell lies, you get exposed at some point. Now the government has to convince us about the CAG report. Where is that? They should show that to us and the PAC chairman Kharge ji. Or is there another PAC, being run in France? I don’t know.”
This too caused plenty of laughter among the reporters prompting Gandhi to repeat that this was no laughing matter. He added, “This is quite possible in the 21st century. Modi ji may have commissioned his own PAC inside the PMO. I don’t know because frankly speaking he’s destroyed the institutions.”
In its judgement, the Supreme Court had said, “The material placed before us shows that theGovernment has not disclosed pricing details, other than the basic price of the aircraft, even to the Parliament, on the ground that sensitivity of pricing details could affect national security, apart from breaching the agreement between the two countries. The pricing details have, however, been shared with the Comptroller and Auditor General (hereinafter referred to as “CAG”), and the report of the CAG has been examined by the Public Accounts Committee (hereafter referred to as “PAC”). Only a redacted portion of the report was placed before the Parliament, and is in public domain.”
He concluded his press conference on aggressive note saying that there was no denying the truth that there had been a theft of Rs 30,000 crore in the Rafale deal. He said, “Dear farmers, please remembers, your loans are going to be waived off in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. These thieves have taken your money. Whole of India know that Chaukidar chor hai. I will prove it that India’s prime minister is the friend of Anil Ambani and he’s helped Anil Ambani commit the theft.”
He warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he had no escape route and will not be able to hide any more. “The day the parliament launches its probe into the Rafale deal, two names will emerge, Anil Ambani and Narendra Modi.”