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Senior Congress Delegation Meets CVC Over Rafale Deal, Requests Probe

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| September 24 , 2018 , 20:28 IST

A delegation of senior Congress leaders met the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) on Monday regarding the alleged Rafale aircraft deal.

The delegation met CVC KV Chowdary and submitted a detailed memorandum, accusing the government of causing loss to the public exchequer and endangering national security by bypassing state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in favour of some acquaintance businessman for offset contract.

The delegation included senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Anand Sharma, Kapil Sibal, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Jairam Ramesh, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Manish Tewari, Vivek Tankha, Parmod Tiwari and Pranav Jha.

Earlier this week, a senior delegation of the party met the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) and requested him to prepare a report on the alleged aircraft deal.  

Hollande’s Claims

On Friday, Former French President Francois Hollande told the media that Dassault Aviation was given no choice but to partner with Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence for the offsets clause in the Rafale fighter jet deal.

French Government’s Clarification

The French government defying the claims of the Former French president Fransico Hollande issued a statement on Saturday.

The statement said, "The French government is in no manner involved in the choice of Indian industrial partners who have been, are being, or will be selected by French companies. In accordance with India's acquisition procedure, French companies have the full freedom to choose the Indian partner companies that they consider to be the most relevant, then present for the Indian government's approval the offsets projects that they wish to execute in India with these local partners so as to fulfill their obligations in this regard."