Rafale deal cleared 16 months af­ter Modi’s an­nounce­ment

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on De­cem­ber 23, 2016,” Bhamre said in a reply in Ra­jya Sabha.

The min­is­ter’s writ­ten re­sponse came to a ques­tion by Congress MP Vivek Tankha, who asked whether the CCS ap­proval was sought at the time of an­nounce­ment of the deal in France.

The Rafale deal has trig­gered a con­tro­versy with Congress mak­ing al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion, say­ing the jets have been pur­chased at an over­price.

The Congress has been de­mand­ing de­tails of the deal, in­clud­ing cost of equip-


ment and weapons.

Last week, quot­ing from the an­nual re­port of Das­sault Avi­a­tion, the mak­ers of the fighter air­craft, the Congress said while 36 Rafale jets were sold to In­dia at 7.5 bil­lion Eu­ros in 2016, 48 jets were sold to Qatar and Egypt at 7.9 bil­lion Eu­ros in 2015.

Ac­cord­ing to the Congress, this amounted to Rs 1,670.70 crore per air­craft to In­dia and Rs 1,319.80 crore to Egypt as well as Qatar. There was a dif­fer­ence of Rs 351 crore for each air­craft, the party claimed.

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