New Delhi. (ANI) Launching an attack on the Centre, Congress on Saturday demanded a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale deal, stating that France has already initiated a judicial probe into the matter last month.
Addressing a press conference, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala alleged: “scandalous expose” of the “Rafale Scam” involving massive corruption, treason, loss to public exchequer has finally been uncovered.
“French website Mediapart has made public all the evidence in the Reliance-Dassault deal. The Modi government and “sweetheart” deal (Rafale Deal) is clear now. Will Prime Minister Narendra Modi allow Joint Parliamentary Committee investigation now”, Surjewala said
He further added “ The French News Website, Mediapart.fr has also released details of the agreement inked between Reliance Infra and Dassault Aviation to constitute a Joint Venture Company called Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited (DRAL) , which substantiate the statement of the then French Prime Minister Francois Hollande that decision to appoint Reliance as Dassault's industrial partner was that of PM Modi led government and that France had no choice in the matter”.
Previously, Surjewala on June 14, 2021, had made an statements saying that French Public Prosecution Services i.e. PNF has ordered an investigation into “Rafale Papers” for “corruption”, “influence peddling”, “money laundering”, “favouritism” on the complaint of French Anti-Corruption NGO, Sherpa.
“The investigation will cover among other elements, questions surrounding the actions of former French President, Francois Hollande, who was in office when the Rafale deal was made, and current French President, Emmanuel Macron, who was at the time Holland’s Economy and Finance Minister, as well as the then Defence Minister, now Foreign Affairs Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian as also role of RInfra i.e. Reliance Infrastructure Limited”, Surjewala said.
Surjewala demanded the investigation of alleged corruption in the Rafale deal by the Joint Parliamentary Committee.