PM Modi Acted as Anil Ambani’s Middleman in Rafale deal, Committed Treason: Rahul Gandhi
Ambani's knowledge of the MoU, which even the then defence minister had said he was not aware of, is in violation of the Official Secrets Act, Gandhi said.
New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of acting as a middleman of Anil Ambani in the Rafale jet deal, as he cited an e-mail to claim the businessman was aware of the MoU before India and France signed it.
Ambani’s knowledge of a defence deal under preparation, which even the then defence minister had said he was not aware of, is in violation of the Official Secrets Act, Gandhi alleged at the press conference
Gandhi said, “(Then) Defence Minister (Manohar Parrikar) says he doesn’t know about the new deal, whereas Anil Ambani is sitting in the French Defence Minister’s office saying PM will sign an MoU with him involved. This is the breach of the Official Secrets Act.
“Mr. Modi is under oath to protect secrets. He has given these secrets to Anil Ambani, who knew about the biggest defence deal in the world 10 days before. This itself is criminal. This itself will put the Prime Minister in jail,” he said
Only Modi could have told Ambani about the deal in advance, he alleged.
“This is treason. He (Modi) is doing what spies do,” Gandhi said.
Ambani had met the French defence minister days before the signing of the deal during Modi’s visit to France in 2015, Gandhi said, quoting from an e-mail written by an Airbus executive to a French official.
The Congress president also rejected the Comptroller and Auditor General report on the Rafale deal, and dubbed it “Chowkidar Auditor General” report.
(With PTI inputs)