NEW DELHI: A day after Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said that the Supreme Court has given a “fine judgment” on the Rafale jet deal, senior Congress leader
on Thursday accused the IAF chief of “lying and suppressing the truth”.
“In government records, the defense ministry and IAF chief wanted to be involved. IAF chief at that time visited HAL with Dassault and found it (HAL) competent and declared that they have the expertise. I think IAF chief (Dhanoa) is not fine, he is lying, he is suppressing the truth, “Moily was quoted as saying by news agency ANI
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State-owned Hindustan Aeronautical Limited, instead of Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defense as Dassault Aviation’s offset partner, said, “Moily’s remarks are following Congress’s allegations.
The Congress has also alleged irreconcilable in the deal for 36 aircraft, claiming that the government is buying from France at a price, the previous UPA government,
Slamming Moily, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said the Congress leader’s remarks were not just a personal insult to the air force chief but to the nation He asked Moily to issue a public apology.
Rafale deal should not be politicized: IAF chief
Giving an example of the Bofors deal by Indian Army, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, “Ask the army what happened to them in Bofors After that, they could induct the gun. So, if any device is politicized, it has an effect on the procurement process. Politicization of every security issue has adversely impacted the modernization of the armed forces. ”
Moily, however, retracted his comments later.
“The question is, is he justifying it on the basis of the Supreme Court’s judgment which is flawed? In the light of this, whether the IAF chief can re-certify that this is fine. I am asking him that question. a liar. If this HAL is fine … Both of them can not be fine, “Moily said.
“I am not going to comment on the judgment but the Supreme Court has given a very fine judgment. It has also said that this plane is badly needed, “Dhanoa had said yesterday.
He had also warned against politicization of defense purchases, suggesting that he had already led to the delay in the Army acquiring the Bofors guns.
Last week, the Supreme Court had dismissed petitions seeking a probe in the multi-billion dollar jet deal.
“There was no substantial evidence of commercial favouritism to any private entity,” the bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said on the issue of an offset partner in a plea of a batch on its ruling.
(With inputs from agencies)