Congress faced a major setback after the Supreme Court dismissed all petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the Rafale deal. After Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF) called the apex court's judgment "a very fine judgment", the Congress launched an attack at the IAF chief, accusing him of lying. Former Union Minister Veerappa Moily said:
"IAF Chief is not fine. He is lying and suppressing facts. He had visited HAL in Bangalore and considered it as a competent authority. Now for him to say that the deal is fine, I don't know what to say", he said while interacting with the media.
"Rafale is India's biggest scam. It is an open and shut case of corruption. Modi government is guilty of presenting falsehood in the Supreme Court. Congress under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi has exposed the web of lies of Modi government to the entire public. Rafale scam is a saga of causing loss to public caretakers. Squandering national interest, compromising national security by passing the interest of public sector undertaking Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and propagating the culture of crony capitalism. Just imagine, we are not involved but if former president of France himself gave a statement that this is for the interest of the government of India this deal with Anil Ambani has been associated", he added.
Earlier in the day, speaking at a news briefing held at Jodhpur airbase on Wednesday, IAF Chief Dhanoa said the following in response to the question 'Do you think there was a need for the Rafale':
"Who has said that we don't need Rafale? We are saying we need it. The government is saying we need it. Supreme Court has given a good judgment and even inside it has said that the Air Force needs it, that it took so long for it to arrive. Our regional adversaries or neighbours, whatever you may call them, they have upgraded."
He added, "Even the SC has given a very fine judgment. Some very fine comments have been given by the Finance Minister and the Raksha Mantri."