New Delhi: Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday accused Congress president Rahul Gandhi of making disgraceful remarks against Prime Minister and said,”Narendra Modi’s honesty is known to all.”
“Rahul Gandhi made disgraceful remarks on Prime Minister whose honesty is known to all. SC judgement (on Rafale deal) exposed lies of Rahul Gandhi. We expected him to accept the judgment. Now Rahul Gandhi is condoning SC as well. Are he and Congress above SC?” he asked.
Slamming the Congress president further, Prasad claimed,”Gandhi’s comments on Rafale deal are being appreciated by Pakistan as well. Because China and Pakistan have strengthened their Air Force, and they want to know about our strength as well.”
Meanwhile, he also asked Gandhi what stopped him and the UPA from finalising the Rafale deal. “Rahul Gandhi asks us several questions. Today, we want to ask him one question. Between 2006 & 2011, when there was minimum tender in Dassault, why didn’t you finalise the deal (Rafale)? What was stopping you,” asked the Law Minister.
Notably, Prasad’s comments comes soon after the Congress president Rahul Gandhi raised question on the Supreme Court’s verdict on Rafale deal saying,”I did not agree with the “basic foundation” of the apex court’s judgement.”
“How can it be possible that the foundation of SC judgement saying that pricing has been discussed in CAG report. PAC chairman (Mallikarjun Kharge) is sitting here, how come he never saw it. No one in PAC ever saw it. But Supreme Court saw it,” asked Gandhi, hours after the Supreme Court junked four petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the Rafale deal.
He also asked Narendra Modi-led government to explain the CAG report on Rafale fighter jet deal and show it to PAC chairman Mallikarjun Kharge. “Govt will have to explain to us where is the CAG report. Show it to PAC chairman Kharge ji. Maybe a different PAC is running parallelly, maybe in a different Parliament, maybe in Parliament of France. It’s possible Modi ji has constituted his own PAC in PMO,” Congress president alleged.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court had dismissed all the petitions seeking a court-monitored investigation into the Rafale deal. The apex court had said that the pricing details of the aircraft was provided to the CAG and the CAG report had been examined by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).