New Delhi: During the ongoing Winter Session of the Parliament, two Members of Parliament (MP) gave adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha on Monday over the Centre’s decision to buy 36 Rafale jets from French company Dassault Aviation. Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI (M) MP Mohammed Salim and Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan gave a Privilege Motion notice over the Rafale row. Congress MP Sunil Jakhar also gave the notice in Lok Sabha against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue.Also Read - New COVID-19 Variant 'Serious Threat', Bad Vaccination Figures Cannot Be Hidden: Rahul Gandhi
Meanwhile, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Member of Parliament (MP) Manoj Jha moved a privilege motion in the Rajya Sabha against Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi for allowing the Centre to present factually wrong affidavit before the Supreme Court in the Rafale deal case. Also Read - Major Setback to Congress in Meghalaya: Former CM Mukul Sangma, 11 Other MLAs Join TMC
The Rafale jet deal controversy, which has been in the boil for the last few months, erupted once again after Centre’s move on December 15 this year. The Central government on Saturday filed an application before the apex court, seeking correction in a paragraph in the Supreme Court’s verdict regarding the pricing aspect examined by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) and Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Also Read - SKM to Observe 'Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Diwas' on Nov 24
Notably, the issue of CAG and PAC was mentioned in para 25 of the judgement of the top court which had held that there were no irregularities in the procurement of 36 Rafale jets from France. As per the judgement delivered by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi-led bench, the material they received showed that the Centre did not disclose the pricing details of the Rafale fighter jet to the Parliament, but revealed it to the Comptroller and Auditor General.
The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed all the petitions seeking a probe in the 36-Rafale fighter jet deal, adding that perception of individuals cannot be used as a base when dealing with such matters.
Rafale deal is a defence agreement signed between the governments of India and France for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft in a fly-away condition as a part of the upgrading process of Indian Air Force equipment. The Rafale fighter is a twin-engine Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) manufactured by French aerospace company Dassault Aviation.
Indian Air Force had advanced a proposal to buy 126 fighter aircraft in August 2007 and floated a tender. Following this, an invitation was sent to various aviation companies to participate in the bidding process.
(With Agency inputs)