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Modi government’s ‘boat of corruption’ will no longer sail: Congress on Rafale row

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Salka Pai | Updated on: 01 Nov 2018, 12:16:12 AM
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala (File Photo)

New Delhi:

As the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre for pricing details of the 36 Rafale jets deal between India and France, the Congress said that the Narendra Modi government’s “boat of corruption” will no longer sail.

“The Modi government’s boat of corruption will no longer sail because the Supreme Courts wants to know the truth of Rafale. The corruption-loaded BJP government can no longer remain investigation free, the accused can no longer run away from a JPC (joint parliamentary committee),” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters in the capital.

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An SC bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi directed the government to produce pricing details in a sealed cover within 10 days, while “strategic and confidential” information need not be disclosed.

“Dear PM, Please explain to the ‘court of people’, why are you now shying away from JPC investigation? Rafale Scam is now fully ripe for an investigation-no more excuses!” Surjewala tweeted.

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been alleging massive irregularities by the Narendra Modi government in the Rafale deal. The party alleged that the government was procuring each aircraft at a cost of over Rs 1,670 crore as against Rs 526 crore finalised by the UPA government for procurement of 126 Rafale fighter jets.

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First Published : 31 Oct 2018, 04:29:23 PM