Rafale deal cleared 16 months after Modi’s announcement
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.