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Rafale deal row updates: Nirmala Sitharaman responds to AK Antony's claims, says NDA got jets at cheaper rate

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Rafale deal row updates: Nirmala Sitharaman responds to AK Antony's claims, says NDA got jets at cheaper rate
  • 16:33 (IST)

    SC adjourned hearing on Rafale deal

    The Supreme Court adjourned the hearing on a plea seeking a stay on the Rafale fighter jet deal between India and France.

    A bench of justices Ranjan Gogoi, Navin Sinha and KM Joseph adjourned the matter till 10 October after petitioner advocate ML Sharma told the bench that he wanted to file some additional documents in the case and sought adjournment in the matter.

    "You yourself circulated a letter seeking adjournment on the ground of ill health. Now you are saying that you want to file additional documents. We are simply adjourning the matter to 10 October," the bench said.

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  • 16:10 (IST)

    AK Antony's accusations against the Narendra Modi government

    In a press conference held in Delhi, Antony alleged that the BJP has compromised national security and they deserve no sympathy.

    Antony asked as to why the government was shying away from setting up a joint parliamentary committee to probe the case. He also accused the government of being "guilty" of "gravely compromising" national security in the fighter jet deal. He rejected as "completely false" the charges of Sitharaman that an unprecedented intervention by him in 2013 put the "final nail in the coffin" when the cost negotiation committee was giving final touches to the deal.

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  • 15:53 (IST)

    UPA did not go together with HAL: Nirmala Sitharaman

  • 15:47 (IST)

    Why didn't Congress finalise deal if it was sure, asks Sitharaman

    Hitting back at Congress party, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the COngress party is levelling baseless allegations on the government. She said that if the Congress was so sure that it had negotiated the best deal, why did it put it on the back burner. "Why did it not go ahead with the deal?" she asked. 

  • 15:45 (IST)

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses media on Rafale deal

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is addressing the media on the Rafale issue as the Congress levelled allegations that the deal was a scam. Addressing the media, Sitharaman said that she was ready to give answers but to those who want to listen.

Rafale deal row latest: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman responded to AK Antony's charges over the Rafale deal.

Senior Congress leader AK Antony on Tuesday accused Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of suppressing facts on the Rafale deal and asked why the government was shying away from setting up a joint parliamentary committee to probe it.

He also accused the government of being "guilty" of "gravely compromising" national security in the Rafale fighter jet deal.

File image of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. AFP

File image of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. AFP

Addressing a press conference, Antony rejected as "completely false" the charges of Sitharaman that an unprecedented intervention by him in 2013 put the "final nail in the coffin" when the cost negotiation committee was giving final touches to the deal.

The former defence minister accused Sitharaman of trying to tarnish the image of public-sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) both nationally and internationally.

He also asked if the price of the Rafale fighter jets were cheaper than that negotiated by the UPA and why it did not buy 126 aircraft instead of 36 from the French manufacturer.

"The Congress party demands that the Modi government publish the price of the Congress-UPA's deal of 126 aircrafts and the price of its 36 Rafale deals, including per aircraft price of the same to clear the doubts of the people of India, let the Nation decide who is correct.

"Since, there is a growing perception that the Modi government's Rafale purchase deal has more skeletons in its closet, let there be Joint Parliamentary Probe (JPC) to bring the truth out in the open," he told reporters.


Updated Date: Sep 18, 2018 17:21 PM

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