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Revelations on removal of anti-corruption clauses from Rafale agreement show there was corruption in deal: Cong

Revelations on removal of anti-corruption clauses from Rafale agreement show there was corruption in deal: Cong

New Delhi, Feb 11 (UNI) Sharpening its attack on the NDA on the deal for rafale fighter jets, the Congress on Monday said latest revelations that the NDA Government removed the anti-corruption clause from the agreement made it clear that there was corruption in the deal.



Talking to reporters here, AICC spokesperson Manish Tewari, referring to a report in a national daily that that the Rafale deal between India and France involved major and unprecedented concessions from the Indian government, with critical provisions for anti-corruption penalties and making payments through an escrow account dropped days before the signing of the inter-governmental agreement (IGA), said,’’we want to know why would the Narendra Modi want to remove the anti-corruption clause from the deal . We feel that this is because there is a clear corruption in the deal.’’



Mr Tewari said that on August 24, 2016, the CCS approved the deal. Then in September, 2016, the Defence acquisition council (DAC) chaired by the then Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, met in September 2016 and removed eight clauses, including the anti-corruption clause.

The Inter Governmental agreement was signed between India and France in Delhi on September 23, 2016, wherein Dassault is the supplier of the Rafale aircraft package while MBDA France is the supplier of the weapons package to the Indian Air Force.



‘’The nation wants to know the implications of the action. It seems to be a clear attempt to grant indemnity to Dassault and MDBA in case any malfeasance is found in the deal.



Never ever in the past transactions, has the government dropped such mandatory clauses from any defence contract,’’ Mr Tewari said.



Reiterating the demand for a Joint parliamentary committee probe into the deal, Mr Tewari said,’’it is clear that money has changed hands in the deal and hence the demand for a JPC probe into it is justified.’’



Expressing doubts over the efficacy of the CAG report on Rafale, likely to be tabled in parliament later this week, Mr Tewari said,’’if the CAG report ignores the revelations over the past few days, then it is not worth the paper on which it is written.’’



The report in the national daily said that the Rafale deal between India and France involved major and unprecedented concessions from the Indian government, with critical provisions for anti-corruption penalties and making payments through an escrow account dropped days before the signing of the inter-governmental agreement (IGA).



The report claimed that Official documents available to the daily revealed that the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by the then Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, met in September 2016, and “ratified and approved” eight changes in the IGA, supply protocols, offset contracts and offset schedules. This was done after the IGA and associated documents had been approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), chaired by Prime Minister Modi on August 24, 2016.



Under the terms of the IGA signed between India and France in Delhi on September 23, 2016, Dassault is the supplier of the Rafale aircraft package while MBDA France is the supplier of the weapons package to the Indian Air Force.



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