Indore: Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to set up a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe the Rafale fighter jet deal. Digvijay Singh said that the panel should work on the same lines, like the one which scrutinized the Bofors deal in the 1980s. The Rajya Sabha member alleged large-scale corruption in the form of payment of commission in the Rafale deal.
“France has started a probe in the Rafale case, but in India, where commission was paid, no inquiry is being conducted. If one compares the Rafale deal with the Bofors case, the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had, on his own, constituted a JPC,” Digvijay Singh said Tuesday.
“If Modi has courage, he should constitute a JPC. We have a lot of questions and will get opportunity to raise them,” the Congress leader added.
The Bofors scandal related to alleged payment of kickbacks in a deal to purchase howitzer guns from the Swedish manufacturer Bofors AB. Nobody could prove a single charge against Rajiv Gandhi in the Bofors case, Digvijay said.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi recently demanded a JPC probe into alleged corruption in the fighter jet deal.
A French judge has been appointed to lead a ‘highly sensitive’ judicial probe into suspected ‘corruption’ and ‘favouritism’ in the Rs 59,000 crore Rafale deal with India, French investigative website ‘Mediapart’ reported last week.
Digvijay, meanwhile, also hit out at the Centre over the rise in fuel prices. He claimed it impacted the middle class severely at a time when the tax collection from industrialists and large corporate houses has gone down.
Modi is someone who takes decisions in haste and thinks later, he said. Digvijay cited examples such as the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, demonetization and withdrawal of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.