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Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

The today demanded a judicial probe into the BJP-led NDA government's decision to procure 36 fighter jets from at an "inflated" price.

alleged that the had betrayed by denying Rs 36,000 crore "offset contract" to HAL, which went to a private corporate entity with "zero" experience of manufacturing

"The demands a probe into Modi government's decision to procure 36 fighter jets by a sitting to unravel the truth, including the inflated price involved in the deal," he told reporters here.

The public exchequer was "duped" as the Rafale jets were purchased at nearly 300 per cent markup price compared to the bid during the UPA government, he claimed.

"Shockingly, Dassault sold same 48 Rafale to two other countries - and in 2015 for a mere Rs 1,319.80 crore per aircraft," he said.

"Then why did pay Rs 1,670.70 crore per Rafale aircraft, purchase of which was announced by on April 10, 2015? We are clearly paying an extra price of Rs 350.90 crore per or Rs 12,632 crore for 36 aircraft," he said.

Surjewala alleged that by cancelling transfer of technology to HAL, the has denied thousands of jobs and Rs 36,000 crore investment in through offset contract between HAL-Dassault.

"This betrayal also was also exposed in a briefing by the on April 8, 2015 where it was declared that discussions were on between French company, the defence ministry and HAL which is involved in this," he said.

Despite this public admission, Modi superseded HAL and betrayed Karnataka's interests within 48 hours by announcing off-the-shelf purchase of 36 Rafales on April 10, 2015 with zero role for HAL in manufacture or offset contracts, Surjewala said.

He said the offset contract had been given to Reliance Aerospacestructure Limited.

On the contrary, Surjewala said had claimed in a PIB release on February 7 this year that Dassault has not awarded the offset contract.

"Simple question is, who is lying - Sitharaman or Reliance/Dassault Hasn't the from Karnataka, Sitharaman not deceived Karnataka's interests?" he asked.

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First Published: Mon, April 30 2018. 20:20 IST