Defence Minister NiramalaSitharaman on Monday stated that the Congress was “knowingly” misleading people over the pricing of Rafale jets.
pointing out at the Gandhi family for alleging corruption in the defense contract, she said that they showed “amazing audacity” by not listening to the Supreme Court’s verdict in the case.
“The Congress is knowingly misguiding people on the pricing of the Rafale jets,” MsSitharaman said at the BJP office in Mumbai. The observation of the country’s “first family” is not listening to the top court’s order on the Rafale deal case petition can be termed as, with due respect, “amazing audacity”, she said.
The Supreme Court on Friday had stated there is no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the procurement of 36 Rafale jets from France, and dismissed all the petitions seeking an investigation into alleged irregularities in the Rs. 58,000 crore deal.
There was no substantial evidence of commercial favoritism to any private entity, the bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had said on the matter of an offset partner in its ruling on a batch of petitions.
The Congress has repeatedly criticized the deal for the 36 Rafale jets, saying that the government was procuring each aircraft at a cost of over Rs. 1,670 crores as against Rs. 526 crore finalized by the UPA government.
The government has, however, denied any irregularity in the deal.