Rahul Gandhi accuses PM Modi of betrayal, calls him Anil Ambani & ss medium
NEW DELHI: The war of words between the government and Congress
party over Rafale intensified on Tuesday with Congress president
Rahul Gandhi accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “treason” and
of violating the Official Secrets Act by
“leaking” information related to India’s national security to
“capitalist friend” Anil Ambani.
Rahul on Tuesday released an email dated March 28, 2015, purportedly written by Airbus executive Nicolas Chamussy to three recipients with the subject line “Ambani”. Quoting from the email, Gandhi claimed that Ambani was aware in advance of the Rafale deal before India and France announced it in 2015 during Modi's visit to the country and said that it was in violation of the Official Secrets Act.
“This is now treason, this is nothing less. Narendra Modi is doing what spies do. He is informing somebody of a defence matter. He is under oath to protect these secrets and he is now giving the secrets to Anil Ambani, who knows 10 days before that the biggest defence deal in the world is going to him,” Rahul alleged that the Prime Minister is “acting as Anil Ambani's middleman”.
The Congress chief dubbed the PM’s act as “criminal” and reiterated a demand for a Joint parliamentary probe into the Rafale deal. “This itself will put the Prime Minister in jail,” Rahul said.
Congress also reiterated on Tuesday that the fresh developments in the Rafale matter had also made the Supreme Court judgment in the matter “open to question now” alleging that the apex court had been clearly misled by the government on various aspects of the multi-crore defence deal.
Even as the BJP attacked Gandhi and called him a “lying machine” for accusing Modi this, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asserted that the email referred to a chopper deal and not the Rafale purchase.
Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence also responded to Rahul Gandhi’s charge claiming that the “proposed MoU” mentioned in the email cited by him was a reference to its cooperation with Airbus Helicopter and had “no connection” with the fighter jet contract.