Nirmala Sitharaman on Rafale: Congress misleading people on pricing; politically divided JPC won’t work

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday slammed the Congress for demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the multi-billion dollar Rafale deal. The minister said that the Congress was knowingly misleading the people on the pricing of the Rafale jets. Last week, the Supreme Court dismissed all the petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the deal.

The Congress, however, said that the top court was not the right forum to probe this deal, therefore a JPC should be formed to look into the contract. Responding to the demand for a JPC, Sitharaman said that a politically divided JPC will look into a matter already looked into by the apex court.

“A Bofors JPC ended up converting kickbacks into winding up charges. So to ask for JPC is for Congress’ political grandstanding rather than genuinely knowing Read more

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