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Rafale corruption can't be hidden says Congress demanding JPC probe into it

His comments come in the wake of Trappier's remarks in an interview to an Indian media outlet, rubbishing Congress President Rahul Gandhi's charges of "lying"

IANS  |  New Delhi 

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Alleging a "fixed match" between the government and maker Dassault Aviation, the Congress on Tuesday said the "blatant corruption" in the fighter jet deal cannot be hidden and demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into it.

"The nation does not need doctored explanations but fair investigation. A fixed match between the government and Dassault and public relation stunts of (Prime Minister Narendra) and (CEO) Eric Trappier can't hide the blatant corruption," said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.

His comments come in the wake of Trappier's remarks in an interview to an Indian media outlet, rubbishing Congress President Rahul Gandhi's charges of "lying" and asserting that the intergovernmental deal to buy 36 Rafales was "clean".
 

Trappier also said that the company itself chose as offset partner for the deal and clarified that it had 30 more such partners other than

Dubbing Trappier's interview as "dictated" and "manufactured lies", the Congress said the "scam" cannot be suppressed.

"Mutual beneficiaries and co-accused's statements hold no value. Beneficiaries and accused can't be judge in their own case," said Surjewala, daring the government to submit itself for a JPC probe.
 

Leading the attack on the issue, Gandhi has accused Modi of corruption and Trappier of lying. Alleging "huge corruption", Gandhi had claimed that the deal was "done by Modi to give Rs 300 billion".

The Congress has earlier too rejected Dassault's justifications of the deal, saying the company will say whatver the Modi government wanted it to say.

 

 

First Published: Tue, November 13 2018. 15:02 IST
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