Entire Paragraph Can’t Be a Typo: Mallikarjun Kharge Demands JPC Probe in Rafale Deal Scam
"We want a JPC as we’ll only get to know everything when Parliament members sit and look into the files," said Kharge.
The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the second time on Wednesday, December 18 amid uproar after the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) government rejected the opposition demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the alleged scam in the Rafale deal.
Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, said there were “serious apprehensions” in the minds of the people over the Rafale deal and this needs to be probed by the JPC.
“We want a JPC as we’ll only get to know everything when Parliament members sit and look into the files. A JPC was formed in Bofors and 2G cases also. How can there be a typo? Had it been one word it would’ve been understandable, entire paragraph can’t be a typo,” Kharge reportedly told ANI.
Kharge said there was a “massive loss” to the state exchequer because of the deal besides “loss” of Transfer of Technology to the state-run Hindustan Aeronautical Limited.
Responding to this, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the government is ready for a discussion on this issue, but rejected the demand for a JPC.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government was ready to discuss any issue demanded by the opposition, including the Rafale deal.
On Monday December 16, the Congress party had given notices of breach of privilege in both Houses of Parliament, demanding an explanation from the government on why it provided the Supreme Court “wrong” information on the Rafale scam.
The Supreme Court had dismissed pleas alleging irregularities in the Rafale deal. In its judgment, the court had made a reference to a CAG report on the aircraft deal. It said the CAG report was examined by the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament.
However, since no such CAG report had been examined by the PAC or was placed in the public domain, the judgement was followed by a huge uproar with the opposition parties and media citing that the Narendra Modi government had misled the SC.
The government then filed an application, claiming that the it did not say the CAG report was examined by the PAC or a redacted portion was placed before Parliament. The govt also claimed that sealed note had said the government “has already shared” the price details with CAG, written in past tense and “is factually correct”. The application claimed that the para 25 of the SC judgement contained ‘typographical errors’.
(With PTI inputs)