Sunday, October 14, 2018

Mumbai: Rafale the largest defence scam, says Bhushan; files complaint with CBI

Mumbai: Calling the Rafale deal the “largest defence scam” in the country, Advocate Prashant Bhushan said Saturday that the he hoped that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will act upon the complaint made by him and two others against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others in the case, and register a Preliminary Enquiry, or an FIR. Bhushan said that if the CBI failed to follow due process, he will then take the case to court.

He was speaking at an event organised by the Mumbai Press Club. Responding to questions on whether the present day Rafale deal was a case similar to the Bofors scam of the 1980s, Bhushan said that Rafale was a much more serious, and greater cause of concern. “This (Rafale) isn’t merely a matter of securing commission for a particular company, as was the case in Bofors. This is the largest defence scam that the country has seen and a breach of our national security,” Bhushan said. “To begin with, it deals with much more money.

It left the Indian Air Force high and dry, and by securing offset contracts for Anil Ambani’s new company that has no experience in building fighter air crafts, it also puts our national security at risk,” he said. On October 4 this year, Bhushan, former BJP minister Yashwant Sinha, and senior journalist Arun Shourie submitted a written complaint to the CBI. The complaint names Prime Minister Modi and former defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
14/10/18 Free Press Journal
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