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Jaitley dismisses corruption charges regarding Rafale deal

Jaitley dismisses corruption charges regarding Rafale deal

Reacting to Opposition demands that the cost structure of the Rafale deal be disclosed to Parliament, Jaitley said that details of armaments purchases can not be revealed as this would compromise the nation's security interests.

Denying any kind of underhand dealing in the purchase of 36 aircraft, Jaitley said the Congress-led UPA's new strategy is to manufacture corruption charges. He asked PM how much has he spent on buying the Rafale jets. "There has been corruption in Rafale issue and the Prime Minister is looking other way", Gandhi told reporters outside Parliament. He (Modi) spoke for one hours (in the parliament) today, but he did not speak about the Rafale deal at all.

In an earlier tweet in December previous year, Gandhi had addressed the finance minister the same way. "We have given so far funds as promised for a large number of institutions which are being created because most of the institutions went to Telangana", he said. Jaitley was basically responding to Congress President Rahul Gandhi's repeated allegations of discrepancies in the Rafale deal. Did you ask the Cabinet Committee on Security? Yes or not. What was the reason behind giving the contract to a businessman rather than HAL? and what was the price?

Jaitley had accused the Congress on Thursday of "seriously compromising" the country's security by seeking details of armaments purchased along with the aircraft.

Rahul said he had also posed three questions to Modi.




Sitharaman told Parliament on Monday that the details of the deal with France for the Rafale fighter jets can not be disclosed as per the inter-governmental agreement as it is "classified information".

"Break-up of cost will tell what weapon systems are there in the deal".

"They're compromising national security by asking for details which should not be made public, by which I mean known to the enemy", Jaitley added.

He said that Sitharaman had on February 5 refused to disclose the price of the aircraft due to a secrecy agreement with France which "presumably" came to an end on January 24.

He had also advised Rahul Gandhi to "learn lessons on national security" from former defence minister Pranab Mukherjee.


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