As Nirmala Sitharaman leaves for France, Rahul Gandhi says `processes to justify Rafale deal have begun`
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As Nirmala Sitharaman leaves for France, Rahul Gandhi says `processes to justify Rafale deal have begun`

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi yet again over the Rafale fighter jets deal. Citing the Supreme Court’s move to seek details from the Centre about the decision-making process of the deal, the Gandhi scion said that “processes to justify” Prime Minister Modi’s decision “are yet to be invented”.

The Congress chief further alleged that Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s visit to France was also aimed at justifying the Rafale fighter jets deal with the country.

“The Supreme Court has asked for the #RAFALE decision making process. It’s quite simple really...The PM decided. The processes to justify his decision are yet to be invented. But work has begun. Ps. In this connection, Raksha Mantri is leaving for France tonight,” said the Congress chief on microblogging site Twitter.

A three-judge Supreme Court bench, comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice KM Joseph, asked the government to submit the details of the decision-making process on Rafale deal in a sealed envelope.

The top court, however, clarified that it does not want information on pricing and technical details of the deal. The Centre has been asked to submit the details by October 29. This decision came as the apex court heard a petition charging the government with corruption in the deal. The petition has been filed...

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