Air Marshal SBP Sinha Slams The Selective Use Of MoD Note

| February 8 , 2019 , 20:34 IST

Head of the Rafale negotiations from the Indian side, Air Marshal SBP Sinha has slammed the selective use of MoD note after a media house revealed a document of Rafale deal.

Speaking to news agency ANI Sinha said, "it was very surprising for me to know that in the article printed today a note within MoD has been used to malign this procurement by concealing facts, the remarks of the defence minister are not there."

Air Marshal SBP Sinha further said that the "Note had nothing to do with Indian team's negotiation on Rafale procurement as it wasn't initiated by the negotiating team." "The note was initiated by SK Sharma, who was not part of the Indian negotiation team. On whose behest he initiated this note?" he said.

The report in the English daily referred to the dissent note but was silent on the response of former defence minister Manohar Parrikar to that note.

The then defence secretary G Mohan Kumar has also clarified that the dissent note had nothing to do with the pricing of the Rafale jets.

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“It was about sovereign guarantees and general terms and conditions," Kumar told ANI when asked if he remembered the context of the note.

"The context is there in the newspaper. Whatever has been brought out (in the newspaper), it has nothing to do with pricing. Negotiations are not just for pricing but other things also. It was about sovereign guarantees and general terms and conditions,” he said.

Kumar, who was the defence secretary from 2015-17, spoke shortly after Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused the PMO of running parallel negotiations and once again charged the government of securing Rafale deal at a higher price.