Rafael Deal: AAP MP Sanjay Singh Slams Centre For Misleading Supreme Court

| December 15 , 2018 , 19:07 IST

Amidst the relaxing waves for BJP, where the Supreme Court declared BJP a Clean chit in Rafael jet fighter deals, AAP MP Sanjay Singh slams up with another controversial statement of BJP misleading the Supreme Court on Friday.

Speaking to media Sanjay Singh said, "Para 25 of the Supreme Court's order stated that the cost of Rafael was revealed to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) and the report of the CAG was examined by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Parliament."

"This can't be true since if the CAG would have a report, it would come to the Parliament and from there it is given to the PAC. But this is not true. Why the Centre is misleading the Court?" he said.

"A JPC should be formed for a detailed probe into the the per jet cost reached Rs 1,670 crore when the earlier cost was Rs 540 crores? And why they (the BJP) preferred a private firm over the government firm?" the AAP MP added.

The apex court on Friday dismissed four petitions seeking court-monitored probe into the purchase of 36 Rafale jet fighters in ready-to-fly condition holding that the decision-making process was not in doubt and it cannot go into the question of pricing and choice of offset Indian partner by the French aircraft manufacturer Dassault.

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Singh was one of the petitioners along with Prashant Bhushan, Arun Shourie, former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, and advocates M.L. Sharma and Vineet Dhanda.

It should be mentioned here that the SC dismissed all petitions, alleging that rules were overlooked while signing the deal.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said that it had studied the matter "extensively" and that it was "satisfied that there is no occasion to doubt the process. Referring that the Indian Air Force being short on the number of aircraft it must have, the court also said today, "Our country cannot afford to be underprepared.”

"Perception of individuals cannot be the basis of roving inquiry by the court," the Supreme Court also said, adding that it had "no objection to any part of the deal".

The Supreme Court verdict came as a boost for the Narendra Modi government, which the Opposition has attempted to corner on the Rafale deal issue.