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Dec 14, 2018

Jaitley rules out JPC on Rafale deal; says it protects country's security and commercial interests

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today ruled out the possibility of a Joint Parliamentary Committee on Rafale deal.

Briefing media in New Delhi, Mr Jaitley said investigations and reviews of this kind cannot be done when allegations are made by a body capable of partisan divisions. He said it has to be done by a judicial body. 

The Finance Minister said the Rafale deal has protected both the security and commercial interest of India. He said the Rafale deal protected commercial interest since the final price was significantly lower both for aircraft and weaponised aircraft than what was negotiated in 2007 and 2012 under the UPA government. 

Mr Jaitley further said a lot of fiction was spread about the deal but falsehood has a very short life and the disruptors have lost on all counts. 

Speaking on the occasion, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said there is no need for a probe into the deal. Quoting the judgement, she said that India cannot afford to be under-prepared. Defence Minister added that the matter has been laid to rest following the Supreme Court verdict. 

Meanwhile, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said as per the government's statement in the Supreme Court, pricing details have been shared with CAG and with the Public Accounts Committee.

Briefing media in New Delhi, Mr Gandhi alleged that no such report regarding pricing was submitted. 

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