Rafale deal: Rahul Gandhi to meet HAL employees on October 13

WION Web Team Delhi, India Oct 10, 2018, 02.24 PM(IST)

File photo of Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Photograph:( ANI )

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The opposition has accused the Narendra Modi-led government of corruption in the Rafale deal.  

Congress President Rahul Gandhi will meet Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) employees in Bengaluru on October 13, news agency ANI reported. 

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court of India on Wednesday asked the Central government for details of the decision-making process in the Rafale deal

According to reports, the top court asked for the details in a sealed cover, while clarifying that it did not want information on the deal's pricing and technical details.  

The opposition has accused the Narendra Modi-led government of corruption in the Rafale deal.  

The opposition — led by Congress president Rahul Gandhi — says the NDA government is paying three times as much as the UPA government had agreed to pay for every Rafale. The opposition has also accused the government of crony capitalism. 

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The original Indian partner in the Rafale deal was the public sector HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd). But HAL was turfed out of the new deal, in favour of Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence which has little to no experience in the defence and aerospace industries. 

The government had earlier said it was Dassault which chose Reliance and they had nothing to do with it but Hollande, while on a trip to India, recently said it was the Indian government which had suggested Reliance's name. 

The Supreme court was on Wednesday hearing various petitions against the Rafale deal. The petitions seek directions from the top court, including asking the Centre to reveal details of the Rafale deal and the comparative prices of the deals brokered by the UPA and the NDA governments. 

(With inputs from PTI)