Air Marshal SBP Sinha, who headed the Indian Negotiation Team for the Rafale deal made monumental revelations with regards to the letter from the Ministry of Defence written by SK Sharma Deputy Secretary (Air-II).
Sinha discredited the letter, further claiming that the facts are wrongly portrayed and went ahead to question the sole existence of the letter.
He said, "The article that was published today, is wrong and the facts are projected in a wrong manner. First of all, the existence of this note itself is doubtful."
While speaking to Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, Sinha made some disclosures on Republic Bharat:
Sinha reiterated the absence of any role of SK Sharma in the negotiations, defying the allegations of the Opposition pertaining to the Rafale deal.
He said, "He was the official of the Ministry of Defence and took part in other negotiations, but he had no role in this negotiation. The reason why and from whom he wrote the note is another topic."
Earlier on Friday, a newspaper report had published a 2015 'letter' by the Ministry of Defence where a paragraph had seemingly dissented about the PMO's then 'parallel parlays' and its adverse impact on India's negotiations. Hailing this as final proof, Rahul Gandhi held a press conference where he reiterated his Rafale allegations regarding pricing of the aircraft. However, this argument and the story was blown to smithereens by three incredible revelations.
The first was when the then Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar clarified that the dissent note in question spoke about the PMO's attempts to get a sovereign guarantee from France, not about the pricing.
The second was when it emerged that the newspaper story and Rahul Gandhi had upheld and endorsed a letter that had been shamefully cropped, leaving out two incredible pieces of information: the first being a paragraph about how it was about a sovereign guarantee, and the second, the remarks of then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, where he called the dissenting paragraph an overreaction.
The third, was a 2016 letter by the then French Prime Minister to PM Modi offering an ironclad assurance that the French government would ensure that Dassault aviation and other players would adhere to the contract signed with India.