New Delhi: A notice has been served to senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh regarding a defamation case filed by Reliance Infrastructure Limited over his allegations in connection with the Rafale deal. Reacting, however, Singh said he will continue to raise his voice against the Rafale deal “scam” and file his submission before the court. (Also read: After Rahul’s Visit, HAL Regrets ‘Politicisation’ of Employees)
“I have no respect for those toying with the security of the country in the name of Bharat Mata. I will continue to raise my voice against this scam,” Singh told PTI. He said that a defamation notice from Anil Ambani and his companies, including Reliance Defence Limited, seeking damages of Rs 5,000 crore, was received by him in February, for his views on Rafale deal “scam”.
“I had replied to the notice and now they have chosen to go to the court. I will file my reply in the court on October 20 as directed,” he said. The Rajya Sabha MP has been at the forefront of attacking the Modi government in connection with Rafale deal, levelling charges of corruption.
On several occasions, he termed the French Rafale fighter jet deal as a “big scam” in which public sector enterprised Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was replaced by Reliance Defence. He also alleged that the deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets involved a “scam” of Rs 36,000 crore. The notice issued to Singh by City civil court, Ahmedabad, has directed him to provide his written submission in a civil suit filed by “Reliance Infrastructure Limited and others”, on October 20.
Meanwhile, Dassault Aviation (the makers of the Rafale jets) has reportedly announced that it will deliver the fighter jets to India from 2019. Dassault Aviation Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eric Trappier told Reuters ahead of the world’s largest business jet show in Orlando. The development followed Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s recent visit to France, where she visited a Rafale manufacturing facility near Paris to take stock of progress in their production of the 36 fighter jets. As per the official sources, during her visit, Sitharaman spoke to officials of the Dassault Aviation and took stock of progress in the production of the fighter jets.