Congress: PM must order JPC probe on Rafale | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With the French media reporting that a judicial inquiry has been ordered in the country into the Rafale deal, Congress on Saturday claimed vindication and demanded that PM Narendra Modi order a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) inquiry into the alleged irregularities in the fighter jet purchase.
“Corruption in the Rafale deal has come out clearly now. The stand of Congress and Rahul Gandhi has been vindicated today after the French government ordered a probe,” AICC spokesman Randeep Surjewala said, pointing to the investigation ordered by the French public prosecution agency.
“When the French government has accepted that there is corruption in the deal, should a JPC probe be not held in the country where the corruption took place,” he asked, even as he added that the demand should not be seen through a partisan political lens but should be viewed as concern for national security.
“Will the Prime Minister, like the French, now answer to the nation and tell when will he submit his government to a JPC probe into the Rafale scam,” Surjewala asked.
AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted, “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth, said Lord Buddha.”
Pitching for a JPC probe, Congress said the parliamentary panel will be able to summon witnesses and top ministers including the PM, and also access the government files that the Supreme Court or the CVC could not peruse. He said the fact that the panel can ask probing queries and punish for perjury will be a big asset in unearthing the truth.

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