IAF chief lying on Rafale, says Moily, then retracts

Prime News, National (New Delhi), December 20:- Senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily today took issue with Indian Air Force chief BS Dhanoa, who has expressed admiration for the Rafale deal and the Supreme Court’s judgment in the case. Air Chief Marshall Dhanoa is “lying” by suppressing the truth about Rafale, Mr Moily said.

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”. For the visit, he was accompanied by the head of Dassault Aviation, the firm that manufactures the Rafale fighter jets.

“Today, to say it is fine (the SC judgment)…I think that IAF chief is not fine….he is not fine, he is lying. He is suppressing the truth. He is a party to suppressing the truth,” Mr Moily was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India.

The Air Force chief had said “Rafale was badly needed” and the top court gave a “very fine judgment”. He also called the Rafale deal a “game changer”.

India has not inducted any new aircraft in the Air Force since 1985, IAF officers had said during the Rafale hearing in the top court. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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