CBI should register FIR against Modi in Rafale deal

Former BJP leaders and union ministers  Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, besides eminent lawyer Prashant Bhushan today  demanded that the CBI  register an FIR against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and others in the matter of purchase of 36 Rafale fight jets fro Dassault Aviation, under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Registering a complaint with the top investigative agency, all three eminent personalities have also demanded an FIR be filed against the owner of Reliance Defence Limited, Anil Ambani and Dassault Aviation and its CEO Eric Trappier also.

“We call upon you to register an FIR against Mr Anil Ambani for conspiring with the Prime Minister, Mr Modi, to receive an undue advantage/pecuniary gain against public interest and investigate and prosecute the matter,” reads the complaint registered by Bhushan, Sinha and Shourie to the CBI.

Citing the “abuse of authority” clause in the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988, to proceed against Modi and Parrikar, the complainants alleged that Anil Ambani’s companies have been verging at the point of insolvency. Creditors of his group companies have initiated proceedings against his companies to recover their dues… Reliance ADA has had to sell many of its precious assets to pay off its interest obligations and stave off insolvency proceedings.

In these circumstances, they said that a conspiracy was hatched by the two of them (Modi and Anil Ambani), by way of which, Modi obtained an ‘undue advantage’ from Dassault Aviation, for awarding a contract for 36 Rafale aircrafts in ‘fly-away’ condition, by abusing the authority of his office and doing his public duty dishonestly and improperly.

Accusing PM Modi of “influencing the decision of the Contract Negotiation Committee by agreeing to purchase a few additional weapons at highly inflated prices,” the complainants alleged that PM Modi ensured that the price per aircraft was increased by Rs 1,000 crores of rupees more each so that the final offset obligation and the undue advantage to be taken by Ambani was as high as possible.

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