Modi Govt Ready to Face JPC Inquiry in Rafale Corruption Case. Conditions Apply

Amit Shah. Photo: BJP
Amit Shah. Photo: BJP

PM Modi’s party BJP said that the government wants to discuss the Rafale issue in the Parliament before allowing a JPC probe.

By Rakesh Raman

After Friday’s controversial decision of the Supreme Court of India to dismiss the petitions in the Rafale corruption case in which PM Narendra Modi is an accused, the demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe has gained momentum.

It is alleged that the Modi government successfully hoodwinked the Supreme Court by giving false information in order to get the judgement in its favor. The less said about the Indian courts, the better.

While the Supreme Court decision is being criticized, advocate-activist Prashant Bhushan – who is pursuing this case – has termed the Court judgement on Rafale case as disappointing, saying it contains many factual errors and does not address issues raised by him.

“These Rafale scam questions, with all the misleading inputs given to the Supreme Court, can only be answered by a JPC. Each cover-up attempt has led to more questions about Modi government’s role in the Rafale scam,” said Sitaram Yechury, leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

Similarly, Congress has demanded a JPC investigation after Friday’s court verdict. “The Modi government continues to lie shamelessly. This time to the Supreme Court, rendering today’s judgement a fabrication of the truth,” Congress president Rahul Gandhi said Friday while demanding a JPC probe in the Rafale case.

Modi’s party BJP said Friday that the government wants to discuss the Rafale issue in the Parliament before allowing a JPC probe.

“Any JPC inquiry must precede discussions in the Parliament. The government is ready for any such discussion for any duration the opposition wants but they are running away from it,” said BJP president Amit Shah.

Meanwhile, an online petition seeks people’s support for a JPC to investigate the Rafale fighter aircraft deal that Modi’s government has signed.

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.

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