Moily says SC was misled by Centre on Rafale deal

Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance Veerappa Moily addressing the media in Hyderabad on Thursday.

Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance Veerappa Moily addressing the media in Hyderabad on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: K.V.S. GIRI

Senior Congress leader claims IAF chief is ‘lying’

Senior Congress leader M. Veerappa Moily has charged the Central government with furnishing ‘false’ reports to the Supreme Court on Rafale deal and demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi be called by the Supreme Court for contempt and to set the record straight.

At a press conference here, the Chairman Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance and former Union minister said the Supreme Court’s judgement was based on the CAG report, which is yet to be submitted to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). It shows how the government has misled the Supreme Court and the nation, he said.

The Congress party is demanding constitution of a Joint Parliamentary Committee to look into the entire deal precisely for the government ‘misleading’ the nation as well the court and trying to get away with what he termed as the ‘biggest scam of the Independent India.’

Targets IAF chief

Mr. Moily also attacked Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief Marshall B.S. Dhanoa saying that he was trying to suppress the truth by terming the Supreme Court’s decision as fine judgement. “He is not fine and he is lying and he is party to suppressing the truth,” Mr. Moily said in response to a question. He reminded that the IAF chief visited the Hindustan Aeronautical Ltd (HAL) with the Dassault chief and found it to be competent. “How come now he is saying that deal was good when a private company was involved,” was the argument of Mr. Moily.

The former Union minister said there are several suspicions with regards the deal and loopholes in the entire episode but the government is not willing to give any answers. He asked why the BJP government had purchased the Rafale fighter jets worth ₹ 526 crore at a huge price of ₹ 1600 crore and why was the contract given to an inexperienced firm of Mr. Anil Ambani and not the HAL as originally envisaged.

He termed the deal as a “big loot done at the cost of the national security” and said AICC president Rahul Gandhi was fighting to bring out the truth. He claimed that the Supreme Court has not given a clean chit to the government as was being claimed as the court was not made aware of the technology and price issues.

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