New Delhi: Amid ongoing row over the Rafale deal, actor-turned political Kamal Haasan on Friday demanded an investigation into the deal. Briefing the media, he said, “There is suspicion and we should demand an investigation. We are not accusing, but we are suspecting.”
He also mentioned that there is suspecting and not accusing the central government. In the past too, Congress along with other opposition parties had demanded JPC probe into the deal. The opposition had accused the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government for the alleged corruption in the deal.
Kamal Haasan made his political entry in February this year. He had launched his political party–Makkal Needhi Maiam, or Peoples Justice Party and also unveiled his party’s flag while addressing a huge crowd in Othakadai in Madurai.
The Rafale controversy took a new turn last week after Francois Hollande, who was French president when the Rs 58,000 crore deal was announced, was quoted as saying by French publication Mediapart that France was given “no choice” on selection of the Indian partner for Dassault and the Indian government proposed the name of Reliance as offset partner for the French aerospace giant.
Modi had announced the procurement of 36 Rafale fighters after holding talks with Hollande on April 10, 2015, in Paris.
Rahul Gandhi had termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “thief” and “corrupt” in the Rafale deal while the BJP hit back saying the Gandhi family is out on bail and is the “source of all corruption in the country”.
Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron had said that the contract was inked between India and France when he was not in power. He clearly stated that the Rafale deal was a “government-to-government” discussion signed in the month of September, last year for the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore.