Even after his two letters addressed to Congress president Rahul Gandhi attempting to prevent him from making accusations of improper political patronage on the Rafale deal, Anil Ambani of Reliance Industries, has now resorting to legal battle against the Congress party. Reliance Defence has sent a legal notice to Congress national spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill asking him to refrain from making `unverified, frivolous and defamatory’ statements on the deal.
The notice is in the form of a cease and desist letter that asks Shergill and Congress to stop spreading “misinformation” about Reliance Defence. It may be recalled the Congress had recently appointed Shergill as a member of its six-member task force to take on the BJP over the Rafael Deal, with former union minister S Jaipal Reddy as its chairman.
In the notice, Anil Ambani alleges that Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala, Ashok Chavan, Sanjay Nirupam, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and others have been making` incorrect, frivolous and misleading’ statements about him and his group. Legal notices were sent to these leaders but they did not respond, the cease and desist notice says.
The group has now decided to pursue the matter in court against each of them.The notice sent to Shergill says that though political leaders have the right to freedom of expression, and raise issues of national importance, their statements should be made with responsibility and after verifying all facts.
Ambani says that it appears that the Congress is running a “vilification campaign” to the behest of corporate rivals to “deliberately besmirch our reputation”. Reliance Defence has filed defamation suits against Surjewala, Chavan and others after the leaders failed to respond to the notices sent earlier.
Earli, Anil Ambani in his two letters written to Rahul Gandhi claimed that there is no irregularity in the deal between Reliance Defence and Rafale , as alleged by the Congress boss. In his second letter, he said, “Rafale fighter jets are not being manufactured by Reliance or the Dassault Reliance Joint Venture. All 36 planes are to be 100 per cent manufactured in France, and exported from France to India.”