Rafale deal : Kapil Sibal hits back at Jaitley, says “Someone dishonest”

Kapil Sibal

New Delhi, Sep 6 : Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal  on Thursday took to twitter to remind Finance Minister Arun Jaitley about the rules flouted by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in finalising the Rafale deal so secretly that even the foreign ministry was aware of the details of the said agreement between Prime Minister and France. This latest attack by the Congress comes after  the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a plea next week, seeking a stay on the Rafale fighter jet deal between India and France.

“Rafale Deal (April 10 2015) PM announces purchase, 8th April Foreign Ministry in the dark, 27th March Dassault CEO in the dark, Deal with HAL dumped, No procedures followed, No CCS clearance before announcement, You say someone naive, I say someone dishonest,” Kapil Sibal tweeted attacking  Jaitley.

Former Union Minister Kapil Sibal’s statement comes after Finance minister Arun Jaitley outrightly rejected Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s demand for a JPC on the Rafale deal.

Jaitley said, “Congress has proved that in dynastic parties, ignorance is contagious. If somebody is naive about facts then his ignorance comes to be subscribed by a dynastic party as a whole.”

The Congress, which has been at loggerheads with the BJP government over the pricing of the 36 Rafale jets.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud  has considered the submissions of advocate ML Sharma that his plea be listed for urgent hearing.

Sharma has claimed in his plea that the inter-government agreement to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets must be quashed as it was an “outcome of corruption” and not ratified by Parliament under Article 253 (Parliament has power to make any law for implementing any inter-government agreement) of the Constitution.

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