Rejecting allegations of a scam in the Rafale fighter plane deal, Finance Minister Arun Jaitely said that whether the planes are bought at a higher rate or not is a matter for the Comptroller and Auditor General to examine. He asserted, irrespective of the allegations, the Rafale deal will not be cancelled.
“The Rafale deal is clean and there is no question of cancelling it,” Jaitley said. He asserted that the present Rafale aircraft are cheaper than what Congress-led UPA government had negotiated and added that all these facts and figures will be placed before the CAG.
“Fortunately, there is pricing, and for security interest, that pricing can’t be disclosed in detail. But I have come as close to this. If you take a weaponised aircraft as of 2007, add the same two things to it again and bring it to 2016 level, the 2016 level is 20 per cent cheaper. Now the CAG will go into pricing. They may not eventually disclose it, but about being 9 per cent and 20 per cent cheaper or not, they are looking into it. Congress has submitted a memorandum. The truth will come out,” Jaitley said.
Rejecting the possibility of scrapping the Rafale deal in view of the controversy and allegations on the government, Jaitley asserted that these jets are coming to India as they are needed for security and defence of the country.