The Congress on Tuesday dismissed rebuttal of Dassault Aviation Chief Executive Officer Eric Trappier and termed it as ‘Manufactured Lies’ after the CEO rubbished the allegations made by Congress Party president Rahul Gandhi on the Rafale deal. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala took to Twitter and gave out two 'Rule of Law' and added that 'truth has a way of coming out'.
Later, he released a video and gave out the following message:
"Fixed match between the Bhartiya Janata Party and Dassault Aviation will not hide the Rafale scam. The PR stunt that Eric Trappier and Prime Minister Modi are doing will not cover up the layers of Corruption in the Rafale deal. Dictated interviews and manufactured lies cannot cover up corruption in the Rafale deal. The first rule of Law is mutual beneficiaries and co-accused’s statements hold no value. The second rule is beneficiaries and accused can’t be judge in their own case .Truth has a way of coming out. Mr Modi the Nation does not want a doctored explanation it wants fair investigation through JPC into the Rafale scam".
Rahul Gandhi, in a press conference on November 2, alleged that Dassault invested Rs 284 crore in a loss-making company promoted by Anil Ambani which was used to procure land in Nagpur.
"It is clear the Dassault CEO is lying. If an inquiry starts on this Modi is not going to survive it. Guaranteed," Gandhi had said.
Mr Eric Trappier responded to Rahul Gandhi's charge that Dassault was covering up for possible cronyism in awarding the offset deal to Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group and said:
"I don't lie. The truth I declared before and the statements I made are true. I don't have a reputation of lying. In my position as CEO, you don't lie".
Speaking from Dassault hangar housed in Istres-Le Tube Airbase located North of the French city of Marseille, Dassault's CEO Eric Trappier said that they had prior experience dealing with the Congress party.
"We have a long experience with the Congress party. Our first deal was with India in 1953 with Nehru and other Prime Ministers. We have been working with India. We are not working for any party. We are supplying strategic products like fighters to the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Government. That is what is most important".
Earlier on Saturday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that the price of the Rafale aircraft was a "national secret" as the government was not even willing to reveal it in the Supreme Court.
"The PM knows. Anil Ambani knows. Hollande and Macron know. Every journalist now knows. Defence Ministry babus know. All of Dassault knows. All Dassault's competitors know. But the price of the Rafale is a national secret that cannot be revealed even to the Supreme Court," Gandhi tweeted.