New Delhi: Launching a scathing attack at the Centre, former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie along with activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan asserted that Rafale fighter aircraft deal was the “biggest defence scam ever.”
They even accused the BJP-led Centre of “compromising national security”.
Addressing a press conference, the trio questioned the Centre over the purchase of 36 Rafale jets from France and termed it as 'textbook case of criminal misconduct' by the government.
Shourie even added that the deal was a 'scandal much bigger than Bofors' and needs an urgent forensic audit to fix accountability.
Dwelling with the details of the deal and quoting a February 16, 2017 press release by French manufacturer Dassault Aviation and Reliance Defence, and a financial press release statement of Dassault for 2016, the trio said the total price of 36 aircraft is about ₹60,000 crore, which works out to be ₹1,660 crore per plane.
“This is more than double the price of the aircraft under the original 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) and almost ₹1,000 crore higher per aircraft than the price furnished by the government itself, to Parliament on November 18, 2016,” they said in a joint press statement.