In a massive win for the government and an equally significant loss for the opposition in the allegations over the Rafale deal, the Supreme Court has delivered a massive victory to the Modi government by dismissing all petitions seeking a court-monitored inquiry into the government-to-government deal between India and France for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets.
Following this Arun Jaitley blamed the Congress of compromising the national security, calling their accusations 'fiction writing' and has said that the government now wants a discussion in the Parliament on the SC ruling. He also spoke about the demand for JPC by the opposition. Here are the points from his news briefing.
Congress accusation 'fiction writing which compromised on national security'
"There has been always a fundamental difference between truth and falsehood, truth holds up. Falsehoods falls apart. It also has a short life and lowers the credibility of its creator. Rafale issue has each of these creators. As the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has just read to you that the disruptors have lost and, lost on all counts. They have lost on the count which is that the need for this aircraft was acute and necessary."
Whatever is being said and written were falsehoods. Falsehoods have a short life and hurts the credibility of those who say falsehoods.
...Simple aircraft is 9% cheaper and weaponised one is 20% cheaper, overall it is 40% cheaper... Truth only has one version, falsehood has many. Hence, Rahul Gandhi has may versions on the price differentials. Since the escalation clauses are differently worded, the price differentials between old and new deal have escalated further.
The entire imaginary thought process based on one person's (claims) that there was no price negotiation committee, no contract negotiation committee, no cabinet committee on security, this was a fiction writing. This was fiction writing compromising with national security.
'Want a discussion on the SC verdict on writ petition on Rafale deal'
I will say where there is a democracy, there is a structure, that if a politician is caught lying, they either resign or they are impeached.
Presidents in large democracies have been impeached for lies in public. And, hence we want that (a discussion) in both houses... we want the Parliament to start early and we pressed for it tomorrow, so the truth is in the parliament.
On demand for a JPC review by the Opposition
We believe the judicial review has many limitations. JPC review is partisan hence it has to be done by a judicial body.
People are unable to understand serious issues in depth, so they rely on slogans. After SC verdict it is absolutely conclusive that there is no need for a review by a political body which is partisan in defence matter.
On Congress not accepting the SC verdict and whether the party will continue its 'war of perception'
Deaf will never receive an answer as they can't hear it. Certainly the family's lies are not above the Supreme Court.
The family wants to keep itself above the court. Politically, also they will be exposed.