Mallikarjun Kharge takes a jibe at Centre, says CAG report on Rafale holds no value

New Delhi: Hours ahead of the tabling of CAG report on Rafale fighter jets deal in Parliament, Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge took a jibe at Centre saying, ‘the Centre is prejudiced who have already made a decision, so this report holds no value.’

Speaking to ANI, Kharge on Wednesday said: “Today we will come to know what is in that report. But they have already told the Supreme Court what their intention is, in a sealed envelope. On its basis, they said in the Supreme Court that there is no scam in prices.”

“You can see that they (Centre) are prejudiced who have already made a decision, so this report holds no value. Secondly, there is a conflict of interest. The man who was then a negotiator is now preparing the report,” he added.

The Rafale jet deal controversy has been on the boil over the last few months. The Congress and other opposition parties have been alleging irregularities in the high-profile deal. The fighter jet is a twin-engine Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft, which security analysts believe can be a ‘game-changer’ for India’s defence system.

On Monday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi facilitated loot in Rafale deal as according to a media report he had removed the anti-corruption clause from the controversial fighter jet deal.

A day later, on Tuesday, he used a fresh media report to allege that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had acted as a middleman for industrialist Anil Ambani in the Rafale fighter deal and accused him of violating the Official Secrets Act (OSA) and indulging in treason for which action must be initiated.

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