Attempt to Burn Rafale Case Files? Rahul Gandhi Blames Modi

Congress leaders protesting against PM Narendra Modi and the Rafale deal on February 13, 2019 (file photo). Photo: Congress
Congress leaders protesting against PM Narendra Modi and the Rafale deal on February 13, 2019 (file photo). Photo: Congress

With an embezzlement of Rs. 30,000 crore (~ US$ 4 billion), the Rafale scam is stated to be the biggest government-led fraud in the world.

By Rakesh Raman

A fire broke out on the sixth floor of Shastri Bhawan in Delhi today afternoon and it was later brought under control. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Several government ministries – including Law, Information and Broadcasting, Corporate Affairs, Chemicals and Petrochemicals, and Human Resources Development – operate from Shastri Bhawan.

It is believed that some of the files related to the Rafale deal in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is an accused were in the Law ministry’s office. It is being conjectured that it was a deliberate attempt to burn the Rafale files.

In fact, Congress president Rahul Gandhi hinted at this possibility when he said that burning of files will not save PM Modi as his day of judgement is near.

[ Attorney General Misled the Court to Save Modi in Rafale Case ]

The Supreme Court of India had passed an order on 10 April 2019 to hear the review petitions in the Rafale case in which PM Modi is facing corruption charges.

Earlier, a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice S. K. Kaul, and K. M. Joseph had decreed that the review petitions filed by former Indian ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie along with lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan will be heard in the open court.

Along with the review petitions, the Court will also hear the correction petition filed by the Central Government, and also the petition filed for initiating perjury proceedings against officials who allegedly misled the Court by submitting false information in the notes submitted to the Court.

Meanwhile, Congress party alleges that since it is a case of Section 13(1)(d) in the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, an FIR must be registered against Modi.

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Moreover, Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has decided to file a complaint against PM Modi in the newly constituted Lokpal. An AAP leader Gopal Rai said recently that his party will file Rafale and Sahara-Birla corruption complaints against Modi with Lokpal.

With an embezzlement of Rs. 30,000 crore (~ US$ 4 billion), the Rafale scam is stated to be the biggest government-led fraud in the world.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society. He also creates and publishes a number of digital publications on different subjects.

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