Ahead of the possibility of Lok Sabha to take up a discussion on Rafale deal and petition was filed in Supreme Court by two former union ministers seeking review of its earliest judgement on this deal, the Congress party today released very `damaging’ audio clip.
The clip give scope to believe speculations going on among political circles since few days that the BJP high command is going back from seeking resignation of ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, as he is having very sensitive file on this deal. The file is said to be implicates Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the deal.
Congress releases audio conversation of Goa health minister alleging CM Parikkar has important documents exposing rafael deal. Parrikar had reportedly told in a Goa cabinet meeting that he has files in his bedroom to implicate the Prime Minster in Rafale scam. While the chief minister may well deny it, the audio clip appears to have bolstered demands for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to investigate the Rafale deal.
The release of the clip on a day when the Lok Sabha was expected to discuss the Rafale deal and the Government was planning to move the Supreme Court for ‘corrections’ in its judgment, would have embarrassed the Government hugely.
Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala called upon the former defence minister Parrikar, yesterday, to come clean and clarify. He had also heard the report, said the Congress spokesperson, and wondered what the secret file could possibly contain.
Former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and advocate Prashant Bhushan today moved the Supreme Court, seeking review of its December 14 verdict dismissing all PILs alleging irregularities in the procurement of 36 Rafale jets from France. In their review plea, they alleged that the judgment “relied upon patently incorrect claims made by the government in an unsigned note given in a sealed cover” to the apex court. They have also sought that the plea be heard in an open court.