CPI(M) Asks SC to Revisit Rafale Verdict, Says Modi Govt Did Not Furnish Full Information
The party added that the Modi government facilitated "loot of the Indian exchequer by the Prime Minister’s crony capitalist friend."
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] has demanded a high-level probe into the Rafale deal scam, citing the recent report by The Hindu which revealed that anti-corruption clauses were removed from the supply protocols of the deal signed by the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre.
“Shocking new revelations about the Rafale scam are appearing in The Hindu newspaper on a regular basis. These show that the anti-corruption clauses were waived as far as the Rafale negotiations are concerned; the PMO was conducting parallel negotiations keeping the official negotiating team in the dark; the PMO refused the suggestion for an escrow account; not only was there no sovereign guarantee by the French government but it now appears that the PMO also batted for no bank guarantee,” said a statement by the party’s Politburo.
The statement adds that the above was done “to facilitate the loot of the Indian exchequer by the Prime Minister’s crony capitalist friend,” a reference to Anil Ambani whose firm Reliance Defence won the offset contract in the Rafale deal despite having no experience in defence manufacturing.
The party also said that as the Supreme Court has not been given “full information” by the Modi government, “it may be in order for the Hon’ble Supreme Court to suo moto revisit its earlier ruling”.
The statement added that the credibility of the Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) of India was “severely compromised as he “The CAG suffers from a conflict of interest as he was the finance secretary when this deal was inked.”
The Congress party had earlier pointed out that CAG Rajiv Mehrishi was the finance secretary from October 24, 2014 to August 30, 2015, which gives rise to a conflict of interest on the CAG’s part as the Rafale deal was announced on April 10, 2015.
“The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) demands that in order to get to the bottom of this mega scam and on that basis bringing the guilty to book it is imperative to conduct a high-level investigation,” the statement concluded.