Jaitley dismisses corruption charges regarding Rafale deal

Something Fishy About Rafale Deal: Rahul Gandhi

Citing past precedents, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday reiterated the Government's stand that pricing details of Rafale or any Defence transactions can not be made public.

On February 4, former finance minister and senior Congress leader Chidambaram had said that Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian was a "good doctor" but the NDA government had been a "terrible patient". Jaitley was basically responding to Congress President Rahul Gandhi's repeated allegations of discrepancies in the Rafale deal.

"UPA's new strategy is to manufacture corruption charges".

"When you give details of a defence transaction, you give the details and capacity of the weapon system, which you don't want to inform the enemy (about)". Secrecy is an inherent part of any deal, he said.

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He said the Congress president should go to Mukherjee and "get lessons on national security".

On Thursday, Jaitley had said then defence ministers Pranab Mukherjee and A.K. Antony had refused to disclose the details of the weapons purchased from the U.S. and Israel and added that the present government was following the tradition in national security.

The chaos forced Jaitley to abruptly end his speech and prompted Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to declare that speech of Jaitley will be considered as tabled.

Rahul Gandhi on Friday tweeted parliamentary records showing prices of three military acquisitions, challenging Arun Jaitley's justification for not disclosing the cost of each Rafale fighter jet on the ground of national security.

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Shirin Akhter MP, general secretary of the other JaSoD faction, however, said, "It's a verdict on a corruption case". Dhaka-based group Ain O Salish Kendra said a "total of 1,786 persons have been arrested in the last eight days".

Addressing the media with Congress leader Kapil Sibal and CPI leader D Raja, Rahul said on Thursday that Jaitley should "come clean on the deal".

Previously, following Rahul Gandhi's demand asking the government to make information about Rafale deal public, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had denied to disclose the details of the deal saying that it was classified information.

Mr Gandhi issued a notice under rule 357 of conduct of business for a discussion on the Rafale deal, but the discussion could not take place.

Rahul said he had also posed three questions to Modi. "So, there was so much of hoopla for one quarter as compared to 5.3% to 6.3% for two full years under UPA", he said. However, there was no reply, Gandhi said.

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Nevertheless, the official said the United States is looking into whether Russian-affiliated forces may have been involved. Neither U.S. officials nor the U.S. -backed coalition have offered details on the identity of attacking forces.

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