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No one can save PM Modi from Rafale probe: Rahul after Verma judgment

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

No one can save from Rafale investigation and the entire nation will know "without a shadow of doubt" that he has taken Rs 30,000 crore of people's money and given it to his "friend" Anil Ambani, said on a day the reinstated

He welcomed the decision, saying "some justice" has been done with the reinstatement of Director, who he alleged was ousted in the middle of the night as he was about to begin an inquiry into the Rafale jet deal.

Talking to reporters outside Parliament, he said Modi and his government cannot run away from a probe into the deal now.

"The chief was ousted at 1 am in the night because he was about to begin a probe into the Rafale deal. The has been reinstated and some justice has been done. Now let's see what happens," he told reporters.

"They cannot run away from Rafale. It is impossible. Modiji ran away from a debate. He should have discussed with us the Rafale issue, in the people's court where the issue should be decided. No one can save them from Rafale, as Rafale is the truth. No one can run away from the truth, be it or anyone else," he said.

"The truth of Rafale will destroy Mr Modi. It's only a question of time before full evidence of his role in the theft of 30,000 crore becomes public. Congratulations to the SC for upholding the law," Gandhi later tweeted.

"Nobody can save the .. Nothing is going to save the prime minister from Rafale. Though evidence in Rafale is open and shut, it is pretty clear that the prime minister has personally helped Mr get Rs 30,000 crore.

"Believe me, the nation is going to 100 per cent know that has taken Rs 30,000 crore of people's money and given it to his friend 100 per cent without shadow of doubt, the nation will know this," he said.

Gandhi's remarks come after the reinstated CBI Verma, setting aside the Centre's decision to divest him of his powers. The court, however, restrained him from taking any major policy decision till the CVC probe into corruption charges against him is over.

Shortly after Verma was sent on leave late in October, Gandhi had accused Modi of allegedly removing him in an attempt to stop the from investigating the Rafale "scam". The party has often pressed the charge against the government since. It had also said that divesting Verma of his statutory powers abruptly amid a feud with his deputy was illegal.

The government has rejected the charges and said the two top CBI officers were sent on leave to protect the integrity of the investigating agency.

On Tuesday after the Supreme Court judgment, Gandhi said spoke for 2.5 hours in on Friday last, but did not reply to the questions raised by me. Sitharaman had accused the of spreading "falsehood" on the issue.

"I have a simple question, please tell the country when Prime Minister Narendra Modi bypassed the old Rafale deal. Did the air force, did the raise an objection. That's my question. I am expecting a yes, no answer. The is not able to give one, neither is the prime minister," Gandhi said.

"The PM pays 20,000 crore to before a single RAFALE is delivered but refuses to pay HAL 15,700 crore it is owed, forcing it to borrow 1,000 crore to pay salaries. Meanwhile, spins lie after lie but cannot answer my questions.," he said on earlier.

The party has been targeting Modi on the deal alleging the price of each Rafale has sharply increased from Rs 526 crore, negotiated by the previous UPA government, to Rs 1,600 crore and that the contract will help get Rs 30,000 crore benefit through offset contract. Ambani too has rejected the charges.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 19:35 IST