Here are the relevant excerpts from Surjewala’s press statement:
The allegations of causing loss to public exchequer, bribery and payment of commission in India’s biggest defence deal once again stare in the face of Modi Government.
1. 10th April, 2015 – Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi announces purchase of 36 Rafale Aircrafts – ‘off the shelf’ during his visit to France.
2. 23rd September, 2016 – Modi Government signs a formal agreement with France to buy 36 Rafale Aircrafts for US$ 8.7 Billion or €7.8 Billion i.e. Rs.60,000 crore.
3. Defence Procurement Procedure as also the stated Indian Government Policy envisages that there will be an “Integrity Clause” in every defence purchase contract. There can be no middleman or payment of commission or bribe. Any evidence of middleman or commission or bribery has serious penal consequences of banning of the supplier…