Rafale: Senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily accuses air force chief of lying

Defence Politics

NEW DELHI: Stirring a new controversy over the Rafale deal, Congress leader and former minister Veerappa Moily accused Indian Air Force chief BS Dhanoa of “lying” about the Rafale deal by trying to defend the fighter jet deal between India and France.

The senior Congress leader said the IAF chief had visited the Bengaluru headquarters of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi finalized the 36-aircraft deal and found it a “competent body with necessary expertise”. Dhanoa on Wednesday said that Rafale was a game changer and it was an advanced aircraft with the best systems on board. 

Union minister Prakash Javadekar said Moily’s statement was unfortunate. Another BJP MP Subramanian Swamy Slammed Moily and said the Congress leader’s remarks were not just a personal insult to the Air Force chief but to the nation.

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