Rafale Also About National Security, Bofors Was Only Corruption, Says Prashant Bhushan

The purchase of the French Rafale fighter jet was in conformity with the process laid down in the Defence Procurement Procedure of 2013 and there was an apparent lack of common understanding between the public sector HAL and Dassault Aviation, analysts have said.

Raipur, November 3: Lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan said on Saturday that the Rafale fighter jet deal involves both financial corruption and compromise with national security, unlike the Bofors scam. Addressing a press conference here, Bhushan said, "Not only corruption was committed but national security has also been compromised (with the Rafale deal)...Bofors scandal was a Rs 64-crore commission scam, but there was no issue of compromise with national security. In Rafale scam, there is commission scam of Rs 20,000 crore in which national security has (also) been compromised."

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He was asked whether the Rafale issue is comparable to the alleged scam in the purchase of Bofors howitzers during the Rajiv Gandhi government's tenure in 1980s. Rafale Deal: Supreme Court Refuses To Issue Notice To Narendra Modi Government, But Seeks Report Over Decision Making Process.

Bhushan, along with former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, has moved the Supreme Court seeking a CBI probe into the Rafale deal. The Supreme Court Wednesday asked the Centre for pricing details of the 36 Rafale fighter jets India is buying from France in a sealed cover within 10 days in response to PILs.

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