Activist and senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan says IAF officials being pressured on Rafale deal

The opposition parties and many activists have been questioning the change in the deal for the purchase of the Rafael fighter jets by the present government.

Published: 09th September 2018 10:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th September 2018 11:56 AM   |  A+A-

Prashant Bhushan

Supreme Court Lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan (Photo | PTI)

By IANS

AHMEDABAD: Senior Supreme Court lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan on Saturday alleged that to justify the changed Rafale deal, the Indian Air Force (IAF) officials were being forced to speak in praise of the new deal signed by the Modi Government.

The opposition parties and many activists have been questioning the change in the deal for the purchase of the Rafael fighter jets by the present government. The earlier deal by the UPA government to purchase 126 fighter planes from France's Dassault was allegedly altered to buy only 36 fighter planes for around Rs 60,000 crore.

"After the expose, the NDA government doesn't have anything to justify the change in the deal, so now IAF officials are being pressurized to speak in favour of the new deal," Prashant Bhushan told reporters.

Calling it a major scam, he alleged, "This is a scam of unimaginable proportions. The country has never witnessed a defence scam of such magnitude," he said.

"The Bofors deal involved a scam of only Rs 64 crore, but the present change in original UPA deal, points to a scam of at least Rs 21,000 crore. Not only that, but far more is the seriousness of compromising the country's security," he said.

Questioning the prime minister's motive, Bhushan asked, "Who gave the prime minister the permission to reduce the requirements of the IAF from 126 planes to only 36, overriding the IAF demands and the Defence Acquisition Council's decision?"

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  • S Nityananda

    There is something that Modi
    3 months ago reply
  • Chetan

    I am just wondering why he is not filing a PIL if he has so much proof of wrongdoing?!
    3 months ago reply
  • Ajit

    Just another attempt to sensationalize the case
    3 months ago reply
  • T Rajasekharan

    How does this fellow know that IAF officials are being pressured? Why does the media repeat baseless unproven allegations?
    3 months ago reply
  • RSM

    Prove it or vanish.
    3 months ago reply
  • Ami

    "Speak a lie often and it seems to be true"
    3 months ago reply
  • Gangadhar Darvandar

    Mr.Modiji
    3 months ago reply
  • Raj

    Better cancel the entire purchase.Pilot planes
    3 months ago reply
  • Jaydev Satpathy

    Has Mr. Prashant Bhushan gone Insane ??
    3 months ago reply
  • Flint

    It is unfortunate that people are falling into the trap of opposition and some are doing this just to gain publicity. R is definitely many notches up from what IAF flies. India desperately needs such. R + weapons package + maintenance + modifications cannot and should not be compared with any previous negotiations because it is all together a completely different animal. Lastly
    3 months ago reply
  • P R Ghosh

    If Prashant Bhusan has proof to substantiate his claim then instead of talking nonsense before the media to be in the limelight always
    3 months ago reply
  • P R Ghosh

    If Prashant Bhusan has proof to substantiate his claim then instead of talking nonsense before the media to be in the limelight always
    3 months ago reply
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