Opposition reiterates demand for JPC probe

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on December 14, 2018

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and others demand a JPC probe into the Rafale deal during the Winter Session of Parliament   -  SANDEEP SAXENA

The Congress maintained here on Friday that its “fight” to expose the alleged role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani will continue even as the Supreme Court (SC) rejected the demand for a probe into the deal. The Congress and other Opposition parties said only a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe will bring the truth out.

‘National security’

Rahul Gandhi said the “foundation” of the SC judgment was based on the wrong information that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had submitted a report on the deal and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament examined it. “I don’t know if Modi has created his own PAC in the PMO,” said Rahul Gandhi. He demanded the Centre to show the CAG report to the Opposition. “I am not able to understand why there is such a glaring problem on the foundation of the SC’s verdict,” he said.

PAC Chairman Mallikarjun Kharge,“I doubted that someone might have forged my signature. But there is no such report before either the CAG or the PAC. From where did this report appear? Law says that unless the report is tabled, no one can comment on this. This is surprising. PAC has been dragged to this matter,” Kharge said.

The CPI(M) said the SC Verdict is not a clean chit to Modi government. “The SC has merely stated it doesn’t have jurisdiction under Article 32 of the Constitution. Only a JPC can uncover the truth about Rafale scam,” the party said. “There is no CAG report in Rafale scam so far. Who misled SC? What other lies were told by government in the sealed cover? It was not a signed affidavit that the government gave, and Ministers have made misleading statements. This in itself, calls for an enquiry,” said party’s General Secretary Sitaram Yechury.

BJP hits back

The BJP, however, felt vindicated over the judgement. Party President Amit Shah said it is a slap on Rahul Gandhi’s face. “An attempt was made to mislead people using lies. Rahul Gandhi should apologise to the nation and the Army. He has put the national security at risk,” Shah added.

Published on December 14, 2018

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