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Co-accused’s statements hold no value: Congress on Dassault CEO’s Rafale deal clarification

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Shashikant Sharma | Updated on: 14 Nov 2018, 12:19:01 AM
Randeep Singh Surjewala (Left) and Congress president Rahul Gandhi (PTI File Photo)

New Delhi:

The Opposition Congress on Monday denounced Dassault CEO Eric Trappier’s clarification on Rafale deal saying that as per the rule of law co-accused’s statements hold now value.

In a detailed interview with ANI, the CEO of the Dassault Aviation – the French company responsible for manufacturing the Rafale aircraft – had said that the decision to choose Anil Ambani’s Reliance as one of its offset partners for the deal was taken them.

“We chose Ambani by ourselves. We already have 30 partners other than Reliance. The IAF is supporting the deal because they need the fighter jets for their own defence to be at the top,” Trappier said.

Terming Trappier’s interview “dictated” and “manufactured”, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that the beneficiaries and accused can’t play the judge in their own case.

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“First rule of Law- Mutual Beneficiaries & co-accused's statements hold no value. Second Rule:-Beneficiaries & Accused can’t be Judge in their own case. Truth has a way of coming out.” Surjewala wrote on Twitter.

The Opposition Congress and its chief Rahul Gandhi have been accusing the Modi government of helping Anil Ambani’s Reliance in getting the deal. The Congress chief has also been using the issue of Rafale deal to score political points and attack the BJP during his election rallies in poll-bound states.

On April 10, 2015, Modi had announced the deal of purchasing 36 Rafale fighter aircraft from France. The deal, however, became a headache for the Modi government after the Gandhi raised the issue of irregularities in the deal.

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The Modi government, however, rejected the Congress chief’s allegations and claimed that it followed the standard procedure to procure the Rafel jets and had no role to play in choosing Reliance as Dassault’s offset partner.

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First Published : 13 Nov 2018, 01:15:03 PM