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Modi acted as Anil Ambani’s middleman in Rafale deal, committed ‘treason’: Rahul Gandhi – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday charged Prime Minister Narendra Modi with treason for, what he called, breaching the Official Secrets Act and demanded that the latter should be tried for this “grave offence”.

Talking to mediapersons, Rahul alleged that Modi was acting as a middleman of businessman Anil Ambani.

Quoting an email from an Airbus executive to french officials, he alleged what Modi had done amounted to treason, “nothing less”.

“He (Modi) is doing what spies do. He is under oath to protect these secrets. But he has given these secrets to others. This itself is criminal and puts him in jail,” Gandhi said.

Gandhi rubbished the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report on the Rafale deal calling it “Chowkidar Auditor General report”. He said the CAG report was “worthless”.

Calling Modi a “corrupt man”, Rahul Gandhi said, “Earlier there was an axis of corruption (involved in the Rafale fighter aircraft deal) and an axis of procedural inconsistencies. And now there is this handing over of defence secret, of compromising national security. All three are to be investigated.”

He said neither the then defence minister Manohar Parrikar nor the foreign secretary nor Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) knew about the signing of the deal but Ambani did 10 days before it actually happened.

The Congress president also questioned the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Rafale deal and said, “The Supreme Court judgment is open to question now.”

Gandhi reiterated his demand that a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) should be instituted in the Rafale deal. “Institute a probe by the JPC if the PM is not involved,” he said.

Modi acted as Anil Ambani’s middleman in Rafale deal, committed ‘treason’: Rahul Gandhi – Times of India

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