Government making things disappear: RaGa speaks on "stolen" Rafale documents
The opposition leader said the BJP-led government only wants to protect PM Modi.
Backstory: Government told SC that classified documents were "stolen"
Attorney General KK Venugopal, who represented the Centre in the top court on Wednesday, said files were "stolen" from MoD.
The government threatened to take action under the Official Secrets Act, against two publications, The Hindu and ANI, which ran the story on the basis of "stolen documents".
The court was also informed that an investigation into the "theft" was underway.
Documents confirm parallel negotiations took place, says RaGa
The documents which The Hindu published claimed Prime Minister's Office (PMO) ran parallel negotiations with the French side for the multi-crore Rafale deal. The MoD reportedly raised objections.
Referring to the documents, RaGa said Centre's admission that documents are "missing" implies they were "authentic".
"Documents clearly state that Narendra Modi conducted parallel negotiation," RaGa said while adding an investigation should take place.
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RaGa asks why PM Modi doesn't want an investigation
"It's a blatant case of corruption, it is clearly stated that the PM of India is carrying out a parallel negotiation. Why should there not be a criminal investigation? If PM is not guilty, why doesn't he himself agree for an investigation," asked RaGa.
Press charges against PM Modi: RaGa
RaGa said PM Modi performed a "bypass surgery" in the Rafale deal to benefit Anil Ambani.
"It is now the court's job and the government's job to ensure that justice is done... You can charge anything you want on anyone, but also press charges on the Prime Minister," RaGa said.
Earlier, RaGa tweeted, "Trail of corruption started and ended with him (PM Modi)."
Separately, Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav questioned PM Modi too
Notably, RaGa wasn't the only who questioned Centre.
Former CM of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati tweeted secret files were "stolen" under PM Modi's watch. "Very strange & irresponsible chowkidari. Is national security & interest in the safe hands," she wrote.
SP President Akhilesh Yadav concurred. He wrote on Twitter, that series of events have confused BJP workers as they don't know what to campaign for.
Meanwhile, BJP asked if RaGa wants proofs from Pakistan
Soon after RaGa attacked PM Modi over missing files, BJP shot back. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asked if RaGa would be convinced only after getting a certificate from Pakistan.
"Will Rahul Gandhi need a certificate about Rafale from Pakistan. In that, we cannot help. Of late he believes Pakistan more than Indian forces and its leaders," the senior BJP leader added.
RaGa playing into hands of Rafale competitors, says Prasad
"Totally condemn the blatant lies of Rahul Gandhi... He doesn't believe the Indian Air Force, he doesn't believe the SC, doesn't believe the CAG. He is inadvertently or deliberately playing into hands of Rafale competitors," Prasad said.
Attorney General KK Venugopal
Congress President Rahul Gandhi
Indian Air Force
Ministry of Defense
Official Secrets Act
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Ravi Shankar Prasad
SP President Akhilesh Yadav
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
Uttar Pradesh Mayawati
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