Former Defence Secretary G. Mohankumar, during whose tenure the Rafale deal was finalise, on Friday gave a clean chit to the Prime Mnister’s Office (PMO) of Narendra Modi, stating the deal was a clean one and the PMO did not play any role in it.
Talking to Mathrubhumi TV channel, Mohankumar revealed it in Kochi after an English daily came out with his file notings and the Congress-led opposition took it up in the Lok Sabha during the day, IANS news agency reported.
According to the channel, he agreed to speak to them on condition that their cameras are switched off and said this particular newspaper report is like an “inflated balloon”.
Mohankumar, who hails from Kerala, said when a deal of this nature takes place between two countries, there is nothing wrong even if the PMs of involved countries speak on it.
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Even though the Rafale deal talks commenced during the UPA tenure, it was finalised during Mohankumar’s tenure as the Defence Secretary.