Congress corners Manohar Parrikar over ‘leaked’ tape claiming deal papers in his room 

We have stated so in the past that the country lost 3 billion Euros on account thereof.

Published: 03rd January 2019 03:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd January 2019 03:03 AM   |  A+A-

Manohar Parrikar

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar (File | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: The Congress on Wednesday cited an audio tape to claim that former defence minister and Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar was in possession of papers related to the Rafale fighter jet deal and used the conversation to claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was hiding facts from the nation. Releasing a videotape of an alleged conversation between Goa minister Vishwajit Rane and an unidentified person, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala quoted Rane saying that Parrikar had claimed to have “all the information of Rafale in my bedroom.”

“Because this is how you know, this is something which he said that means he is holding them to ransom,” Surjewala said citing the tape. He claimed that Modi was indeed responsible for the alleged scam in the deal and said the people of the nation want to know what is in those files. Surjewala also said if the government was confident there was nothing wrong in the deal why was it shying away from a probe into the matter by a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) which will establish the truth.

“The manner and fashion in which every procedure was bypassed, every law was given a go by. The benchmark price was changed by the Prime Minister against the objection of the Defence Ministry, the Defence Acquisition Council and the Defence Audit Wing.

We have stated so in the past that the country lost 3 billion Euros on account thereof. It is all recorded in the files and those files are with Mr. Parrikar. Why are those files being hidden,” he said.

Responding to the allegations, Parrikar said earlier in the day, “The audio clip released by the Congress party is a desperate attempt to fabricate facts after their lies were exposed by the recent Supreme Court verdict on Rafale.” “No such discussion ever came up during [the] cabinet or any other meeting. The Congress is only peddling lies now,” he added.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp