Centre misleading SC over Rafale jet fighters deal: AAP MP Sanjay Singh
NEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Sanjay Singh on Saturday said the Centre is misleading the Supreme Court over the Rafale jet fighters deal. Singh has written a letter to Rajya Sabha Chairman to summon the Attorney-General and the Comptroller and Auditor General to ask when was the public auditor's report tabled in the Parliament.
"Para 25 of the Supreme Court's order stated that the cost of Rafale was revealed to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) and the report of the CAG was examined by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Parliament," said Singh .
Speaking to the media, the AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said the government has not produced the facts correct before the Supreme Court and has " lied" in the Court. So that I requested to Rajya Sabha Chairman for summoning the Attorney General in the Parliament to ask him when the public Auditor's reported tabled and when did the Public Account Committee (PAC) examine it.
"This can't be true since if the CAG would have a report, it would come to the Parliament and from there it is given to the PAC. But this is not true. Why the Centre is misleading the Court?" he said.
Earlier, Singh demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe and a detailed discussion on the deal inside the House. "A JPC should be formed for a detailed probe into the deal...how the per jet cost reached Rs 1,670 crore when the earlier cost was Rs 540 crore? And why they (the BJP) preferred a private firm over the government firm?" Singh told the media.
The apex court on Friday dismissed four petitions seeking court-monitored probe into the purchase of 36 Rafale jet fighters in ready-to-fly condition holding that the decision-making process was not in doubt and it cannot go into the question of pricing and choice of offset Indian partner by the French aircraft manufacturer Dassault.
Singh was one of the petitioners along with Prashant Bhushan, Arun Shourie, former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, and advocates M L Sharma and Vineet Dhanda.