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Rafale: Congress to order probe 'after coming to power on May 23'

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Thursday accused and the BJP-led of "misleading" the over fighter jets deal and said "after the party returns to power on May 23", it will order a JPC probe into it.

Insisting that investigation is required to book "the real culprits" in "the scam" related to its procurement of fighter jets, said a (JPC) probe is the only solution to identify "the real culprits".

"After May 23, 2019, when the will come to power, we shall order a JPC investigation into the scam," he said.

Singhvi said there are three sets of documents, which the wanted to hide from the apex court.

"has made lies, falsehood, deceit, treachery and fakery the foundation of its defence in the scam," he said in a statement.

The first document he said was about the parallel negotiations on the Rafale deal.

"On November 24, 2015, wrote to then stating that PMO be advised to not conduct parallel negotiations on Rafale deal as this compromises and undermines the Indian Negotiations Team (INT)," he said.

"It is clear that PM Modi lied to the also and misled it. In the affidavit before ..Modi ji said that negotiations on Rafale Deal were held by the INT. file notings now show otherwise. Parallel negotiations were actually held by PM Modi himself. This fact was deliberately withheld from the Supreme Court."

The second document is about negotiating the Rafale deal, and not the "Negotiations Committee" of the and the

The third document is the dissent note of the INT that records objections of its three members on various aspects of the deal.

"mischievously lied to the Supreme Court when they said that the CAG report on Rafale's pricing had been made public and examined by the (PAC), a statement that was denied swiftly by PAC Mallikarjun Kharge," he said.

"In the light of the above documentary evidence, it is crystal clear that set procedures were not been followed in the Rafale deal and 'crony capitalism' become the backbone of this scam."

The Supreme Court had on Wednesday rejected the preliminary objections raised by the and as a result, will hear petitions on merits. The court will also look into the published documents.

The court rejected the Centre's claim of privilege over the three documents that were filed by former Yashwant Sinha, and along with their plea.



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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 20:48 IST