Ambani knew about Rafale deal in advance, PM Narendra Modi acted as his middleman: Rahul

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The Rafale fighter jet deal has led to a massive political controversy in the country ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, with Congress president Rahul Gandhi alleging massive corruption.

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressed the media on Tuesday on the issue of Rafale fighter jet deal, CAG report on which is likely to be tabled in Parliament today. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India report on Rafale deal was sent to President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday evening. The Rafale fighter jet deal has led to a massive political controversy in the country ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, with Rahul Gandhi alleging massive corruption in the inter-governmental agreement inked between India and France.

Rahul Gandhi press conference - highlights:

* Supreme Court had said it clearly that it is not our jurisdiction. SC ne 'Chowkidar Auditor Report' ko quote kar diya. Frankly, Supreme Court judgement is open to debate now - Rahul Gandhi

* Earlier there was one axis of corruption, second axis of procedure. This is the third, and frankly a serious one, where PM Modi has compromised national security. This is clear cut - Congress president

* This is now treason. Mr Narendra Modi is doing what spies do, he is informing somebody of a Defence matter. He is under oath to protect these secrets. He has given these secrets to Anil Ambani, who knew about the biggest Defence deal in the world 10 days before. This itself is criminal. This itself will put the Prime Minister in jail - Rahul Gandhi

* Defence Minister says he doesn't know about the new deal, whereas Anil Ambani is sitting in the French Defence Minister's office saying PM will sign an MoU with him involved. This is the breach of the Official Secrets Act - Rahul Gandhi

* Now PM needs to answer how did Anil Ambani knew 10 days in advance of the Rafale deal. Defence Minister, HAL, Foreign Secretary didn't know but Anil Ambani knew (about the deal). If this is true then the PM is in violation of Official Secrets Act, criminal action must be initiated on this basis - Rahul Gandhi

* How is Anil Ambani meeting the French Defence Minister prior to PM's visit? asks Rahul Gandhi 

* "Narendra Modi ji is acting as the middleman of Anil Ambani. This email is clear. An Airbus executive wrote that Mr Anil Ambani met the French Defence Minister and told him 10 days before the Rafale deal was signed that he was going to get it" says Rahul Gandhi.

* Congress president Rahul Gandhi says referring to an email that Anil Ambani had met French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in France some 10 days before the announcement of the Rafale fighter jet deal. Rahul's allegations came after The Indian Express newspaper reported on Tuesday that Ambani had met Le Drian at his office in Paris and also had a meeting with his top advisors.

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