Nine questions in Rafale Scam remain unanswered till date

Hours after the Supreme Court gave a clean chit for the second time to the Narendra Modi government on the purchase of 36 fully loaded Rafale fighter jets from French company Dassault Aviation, the Congress said that the SC order has “paved way for a criminal probe” in the Rafale deal.

“BJP is in habit of celebrating without going into details of verdict. The Supreme Court order has paved the way for a probe into the Rafale deal. The verdict has opened a window for a detailed enquiry into the matter, it has said that 14 Dec 2018 or today’s verdict is not an obstacle in way of the CBI from taking action in the case in future,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said at a press conference.

Randeep Surjewala raised nine questions over the deal, which he said were never answered by Defence Ministry, Prime Minister’s Office or by Prime Minister

Here the questions:

  1. Why did BJP Government supersede HAL in awarding Rs.30,000 crore ‘Offset Contract’ to benefit cronies?
  2. Why was ‘Offset Contract’ of Rs.30,000 Cr given to a 12 day old company with zero experience?
  3. Why purchase a Rs.526 crore Rafale for a price of Rs.1670 crore and thereby cause a loss of Rs.41,205 crore?
  4. Why was ‘National Security’ compromised by reducing the number of aircrafts from 126 to 36?
  5. Why was Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) violated and Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) bypassed by the Prime Minister at the time of announcing the purchase of 36 Rafale aircrafts on 10th April, 2015?
  6. Why did BJP Government sacrifice ‘Transfer of Technology to India’ for manufacture of Rafale aircrafts?
  7. Why eight year long delay in delivery of Rafale(s), when it falls under classification of ‘emergency purchase’ of aircrafts?
  8. Why did PM Modi increase the ‘benchmark price’ of Rafale jets from 5.2 billion Euros to 8.2 billion Euros?
  9. Why did BJP Government waive off the condition of seeking ‘Sovereign Guarantee’ despite the objections of Law Ministry & Defence Acquisition Wing?

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