Continuing its determined efforts to prove that the Rafale deal was a biggest scam, the Congress, today moved the issue with the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and sought a registration of a case, as well as the seizure of relevant documents pertaining to the deal.
An 11-member delegation led by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad met CVC KV Chowdary and submitted a detailed memorandum, accusing the government of fixing the deal at an “escalated price of about 300 per cent” and violating the Defence Procurement Policy (DPP).
The meeting with the CVC comes four days after another Congress delegation met the CAG and urged it to prepare a report on the alleged irregularities in the fighter jet plane deal and present it in Parliament.
Ahmed Patel, Anand Sharma, Jairam Ramesh, Randeep Surjewala and Manish Tewari, among others said the Rafale scam had now emerged as India’s biggest defence scam and tracks of corruption were getting unravelled by the day with repeated disclosures and zero answers from the government.
As per the law, the memorandum said, the government is bound to provide full information to the CVC, “entire deal, its contours, nature of contract, absence of favouritism, corruption, crony capitalism, violation of law and procedures and the principles of level playing field are part of CVC’s domain to examine and to return a finding”.
“The government is bound to disclose the price of 36 aircraft to scrutiny by CVC in light of the serious allegations of corruption and loss of money to public exchequer. We, therefore, request the CVC to undertake its statutory duty by examining record threadbare, so that corruption, crony capitalism, violation of law and procedure and loss to public”, it added.