BJP leader Subramanian Swamy threatens to move court against Rafale deal

Terming the Rafale deal "corrupt", Subramanian Swamy said it will bring bad name to the party.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published: April 11, 2015 9:59 pm
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy BJP leader Subramanian Swamy

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday threatened to go to court against the deal to buy Rafale fighter aircraft from France if the government does not heed to his warning.

Terming the deal “corrupt”, Swamy said it will bring bad name to the party. The senior BJP leader said no one in the world is buying the Rafale planes and in the past countries which signed an MoU to procure the aircraft have scrapped the deal.

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“No one is buying the planes in the country. Dassault (Aviation- the company which manufactures the fighter jets) says if India does not buy these planes then they will wind up. Many counties like Switzerland signed an MoU, but later cancelled it,” Swamy said.

The senior BJP leader added that if the government wanted to please France, then it should have bought the company, which is anyway running into losses.

“If the government does not agree to this, then I have to go to the court. It is a corrupt deal and can spoil the name of the party.

“These babus (bureaucrats) are giving wrong advice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The defence ministry’s opinion is also not this (to buy the planes).

Modi had on Friday said in Paris that India will buy 36 Rafale fighter jets in “fly-away” condition from France at the earliest by “keeping in view the critical operational necessity of fighter aircraft in India.”

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  1. Tarun Hindocha
    Dec 27, 2017 at 5:24 pm
    Now the Government of India has finalised the deal with RAFALE. Where is Mr. Subramanian Swamy who had threatened to go to the court against it? There is even more reason for him to file a case as the agreement with HAL to build the aircrafts was scrapped at the last moment and given to Anil Ambani. Why is Mr. Swamy quiet? No country in the world wants RAFALE. Its is a total failure. In fact, it is believed that RAFALE was going to be scrapped had India not agreed to buy them. Too expensive. We can get better fighters at half the price from Russia. Mr. Swamy ji, where are you and what happened to all that noise about going to the court if India bought RAFALE?
    1. Suresh Menon
      Sep 29, 2016 at 5:01 am
      For once i agree with Mr. Subramanian Swamy. Rafale is too expensive and heavy an aircraft. Basically same as SU 30 in our fleet. There is no sense in increasing our inventory with different platforms.
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        Nazario Savio
        Sep 24, 2016 at 7:19 am
        What happened to the Augusta westland case? The helicopter deal? brushed under the carpet?
        1. Devinder Kohli
          Apr 24, 2015 at 5:26 am
          All is well that ends well.sura mani Sway. Sir. Please press. For O R O.P.
          1. G
            Apr 13, 2015 at 7:09 pm
            Dr Subramaniam Swamy U r a genius with a clear vision and knowledge of the subject you deal in. I fully support you on your stand. I am sure Mr Mody will discuss this with you on his return and satisfy you on your apprehensions which are genuinely in the interest of our Country.
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