Rafale fighter jets deal prime example of cronyism, corruption: CPI general secretary

Vastavam web: Welcoming the Supreme Court’s order to Centre to submit details of pricing of the Rafale fighter jets India is buying from France, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury alleged Thursday that the Modi government has tried to “cover up” its secret and dishonest activities in the multi-crore defence deal. Alleging that the Rafale deal was an example of cronyism and corruption, Yechury said he was hopeful the truth about the deal will come out as the apex court has insisted on facts.

“Modi govt has tried to cover up its shenanigans in the Rafale scam by providing all kinds of excuses. With Supreme Court insisting on facts, the truth about this prime example of cronyism and corruption will fully come out,” he tweeted. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi gave some leeway to the government, which has argued that pricing details are so sensitive that they have not even been shared with Parliament.

The court was hearing four petitions, including one by advocate Prashant Bhushan and former ministers Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha who are seeking a court-monitored CBI investigation in the purchase of the fighter jets. India signed an agreement with France for 36 Rafale aircraft in a fly-away condition as part of the upgrading process of the Indian Air Force equipment. The Rafale fighter jet is a twin-engine Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft manufactured by French aerospace company Dassault Aviation.