Rafale Deal Is The Biggest Defence Scam Ever, Say BJP's Yashwant Sinha And Arun Shourie

| August 9 , 2018 , 12:19 IST

Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) top leaders of their time, Former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha and Economist Arun Shourie came together on Wednesday with activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan and slammed BJP-led government on Rafael Deal.

Seconding the accusation of the Congress, they described Rafale fighter aircraft deal with France as the biggest defence scam ever and accused the Centre of compromising national security.

In a press conference, the trio told the media that, “the purchase of 36 Rafale aircraft from France is a textbook case of criminal misconduct by the government.”

Shourie said, “The deal was a scandal much bigger than Bofors and needs an urgent forensic audit to fix accountability.”

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The government is maintaining the secrecy clause in the agreement with France but it does not restrain the government to disclose the price of aircraft, Shourie said during the press conference.

According to a press release on February 16, 2017, by French manufacturer Dassault Aviation and Reliance Defence, the total price of the 36 aircraft is about Rs 60,000 crore which means Rs 1,660 crore per plane.

Quoting the same press release Bhushan, Shourie and Sinha said, “This is more than double the price of the aircraft under the original 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) and almost ₹1,000 crore higher per aircraft than the price furnished by the government itself, to Parliament on November 18, 2016.”

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