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Rafale deal is ‘PM Modi-Anil Ambani partnership’, says Rahul Gandhi

Claiming that Dassault Aviation paid Rs 284 crore to Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as the "first installment of kickbacks", Gandhi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was having "sleepless nights" fearing action if a probe was conducted into the Rafale deal.

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Dassault gave Rs 284 crore to a loss-making company with a valuation of Rs 8.3 lakh, said Rahul Gandhi. (PTI Photo)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Friday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi by calling Rafale deal a “PM Modi-Anil Ambani partnership.” He said, “it is an open and shut case and there is only one man who has done corruption”. Gandhi also accused the Dassault CEO of lying about the Rafale deal and that Dassault made Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence as its offset partner after purchasing land for Ambani.

“The Dassault CEO had said the reason HAL wasn’t given the contract was that Anil Ambani had the land. Now it turns out that the land that Anil Ambani had was purchased by money given by Dassault,” said Gandhi.

Claiming that Dassault Aviation paid Rs 284 crore to Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence as the “first instalment of kickbacks”, Gandhi said Prime Minister Modi was having “sleepless nights” fearing action if a probe was conducted into the Rafale deal.

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There is yet no reaction from the government and Ambani on the fresh charges made by Gandhi. However, they have previously rejected all allegations made over the Rafale deal.

Earlier, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked for the pricing details in a sealed cover within 10 days but agreed that “strategic and confidential” information need not be disclosed.

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The Congress has been alleging massive irregularities in the Rafale deal, saying 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 when it was negotiating a deal for procurement of 126 Rafale fighter jets. The Congress has also been targeting the government over the selection of Reliance Defence as an offset partner for Dassault.