Updated: July 6, 2021 1:55:52 am
In the wake of the authorities in France initiating a judicial probe into allegations of corruption in the sale of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft to India, former Defence Minister A K Antony on Monday said the “intriguing silence” of the Narendra Modi government points towards “mal-intent” to hush up alleged corruption in the deal.
The senior Congress leader said the government should come forward and accept accountability, and order a free and fair Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the entire set of facts, evidence and allegations of corruption in the Rafale deal.
“French Public Prosecution Services has now appointed a Judge to investigate the corruption, influence paddling and brazen favouritism in the 36 aircraft Rafale deal,” Antony said in a statement. “The prima facie corruption in the Rafale deal is now apparent. The intriguing silence of the Modi Government points towards mal-intent to hush up the corruption.
“The refusal of the BJP Government to probe and punish the guilty is even more astonishing, pointing towards a concerted effort to bury the scam.”
He said Modi had unilaterally announced purchase of 36 Rafale aircraft in 2015 without going through any tender process and in complete derogation of the Defence Procurement Procedure.
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