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Uttarakhand chief minister Tirath Singh Rawat’s tenure has been mired in controversy including one around his move to go ahead with Mahakumbh without taking adequate and effective steps. (PTI)

News updates from HT: After Tirath exits, Uttarakhand BJP to meet today

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2021 09:02 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
The critical observations were part of CAG’s scrutiny of the status of a raft of offset contracts — including the September 2016 Rafale deal — between 2005 and 2018.(PTI)
The critical observations were part of CAG’s scrutiny of the status of a raft of offset contracts — including the September 2016 Rafale deal — between 2005 and 2018.(PTI)

Military offset part of Rafale deal still pending, flags CAG

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 02:59 AM IST
According to the CAG report, the defence ministry stated as recently as October 2019 (the first Rafale was handed over in France on October 8, 2019) that the vendors had not yet been able to confirm their capability for technology transfer.
The first batch of four Rafale jets are expected in India by May 2020, and all 36 planes are expected to arrive by September 2022.(PTI)
The first batch of four Rafale jets are expected in India by May 2020, and all 36 planes are expected to arrive by September 2022.(PTI)

No probe in Rafale deal: Supreme Court dismisses review plea

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
PUBLISHED ON NOV 15, 2019 12:35 AM IST
In a unanimous verdict — written by justice SK Kaul for himself and Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, and a separate concurrent judgment by KM Joseph — the court said that unless there was an error on record, review applications did not need to be entertained.
The Supreme Court on Thursday rebuked Rahul Gandhi for wrongly attributing to the apex court his “chowkidar chor hai” remark against Modi in connection with the Rafale deal.(PTI photo)
The Supreme Court on Thursday rebuked Rahul Gandhi for wrongly attributing to the apex court his “chowkidar chor hai” remark against Modi in connection with the Rafale deal.(PTI photo)

‘Learning experience for Rahul’: Manohar Parrikar’s son on SC’s Rafale order

Panaji | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2019 07:25 PM IST
Rahul Gandhi had claimed that Parrikar told him that he (as defence minister) was kept in the dark by prime minister Narendra Modi about changes made in the Rafale fighter aircraft deal.
Rebel Congress, Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs join BJP in presence of Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa in Bengaluru on Thursday.(PTI photo)
Rebel Congress, Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs join BJP in presence of Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa in Bengaluru on Thursday.(PTI photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times at 5 pm: 13 rebel Karnataka MLAs are now BJP candidates in bypolls and all the latest news at this hour

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2019 05:05 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 5 PM. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Rahul Gandhi also said a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) must be set up to probe the Rafale deal.(PTI)
Rahul Gandhi also said a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) must be set up to probe the Rafale deal.(PTI)

Rahul Gandhi, undaunted by SC’s Rafale verdict, sees a huge door opening up

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2020 10:37 PM IST
Though he concurred with the judgment of the other two judges in the SC bench, Justice KM Joseph authored his own view saying probe agencies can go ahead and investigate the matter on their own.
The Union law minister also alleged Rahul Gandhi had lied in Parliament that French President Emmanuel Macron had allowed him to disclose details of the deal.(Mohd Zakir/ HT photo)
The Union law minister also alleged Rahul Gandhi had lied in Parliament that French President Emmanuel Macron had allowed him to disclose details of the deal.(Mohd Zakir/ HT photo)

Congress campaign over Rafale deal doubtful, Rahul Gandhi must apologise: BJP

Hindustan Time, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2019 04:05 PM IST
Ravi Shankar Prasad was referring to the Supreme Court’s decision to close a contempt case filed against Rahul Gandhi for his remarks that attributed his political slogan over the Rafale deal to the judges of the top court.
Supreme Court(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Supreme Court(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Supreme Court verdict tomorrow on plea challenging Sabarimala ruling

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2019 01:53 PM IST
A five-judge bench of the court, led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, had in Feburary this reserved its verdict on pleas challenging its ruling on Sabarimala.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses an election rally at Chandivali in Mumbai on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses an election rally at Chandivali in Mumbai on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

‘Rafale deal still hurting BJP’: Rahul Gandhi during Maharashtra poll rally

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2020 09:02 AM IST
In the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Gandhi had alleged “irregularities” in the Rafale deal under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In an affidavit filed before the court opposing the demand to initiate perjury proceedings against the Centre, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government denied allegations of suppressing information(PTI)
In an affidavit filed before the court opposing the demand to initiate perjury proceedings against the Centre, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government denied allegations of suppressing information(PTI)

Government denies suppressing any information on Rafale deal

New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2019 07:07 AM IST
In its December judgement, the Supreme Court rejected pleas for a court-monitored probe of the deal for the purchase of 36 Rafale jet fighters made by Dassault Aviation of France, saying it had no reason to doubt that due process had been followed .
Two more review petitions have been filed by Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh and lawyer Vineet Dhanda. An SC bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi is expected to take up the matter on May 6.(File photo)
Two more review petitions have been filed by Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh and lawyer Vineet Dhanda. An SC bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi is expected to take up the matter on May 6.(File photo)

‘Rafale order has no error, review plea an abuse of law’: Centre to SC

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2019 09:57 PM IST
Terming the submissions made by the review petitions “scandalous, false, baseless and bereft of any particular material”, the affidavit said the ruling had no apparent “error warranting its review”.
Rahul Gandhi to file fresh affidavit in Rafale contempt case after SC tells him to clearly spell out his point.(Amal KS/HT File PHOTO)
Rahul Gandhi to file fresh affidavit in Rafale contempt case after SC tells him to clearly spell out his point.(Amal KS/HT File PHOTO)

‘Took 22 pages, yet no complete regret’: SC on Rahul Gandhi’s Rafale affidavit

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2019 05:53 PM IST
Rahul Gandhi to file fresh affidavit in Rafale contempt case after SC tells him to clearly spell out his point
The Congress has been raising the Rafale fighter jet deal on a regular basis in its electoral campaign against the BJP.(REUTERS)
The Congress has been raising the Rafale fighter jet deal on a regular basis in its electoral campaign against the BJP.(REUTERS)

No link between tax exemption and Rafale deal: Govt on report

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2019 07:39 PM IST
A statement by the ministry of defence said that “neither the period of the tax concession nor the subject matter of concession relate even remotely to the Rafale procurement being concluded during the tenure of the present government”.
The Shiv Sena also said the ban on NaMo TV could have been avoided had the BJP been satisfied with the coverage being given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign rallies on electronic channels.(PTI)
The Shiv Sena also said the ban on NaMo TV could have been avoided had the BJP been satisfied with the coverage being given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign rallies on electronic channels.(PTI)

Shiv Sena advises BJP to “speak less” on Rafale deal

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2019 06:53 PM IST
The Uddhav Thackeray-led party sought to corner its senior ally over the recent clash between BJP workers in the presence of Maharashtra minister Girish Mahajan at a public rally in Jalgaon, where the party has changed its Lok Sabha candidate.
French aircraft Rafale manoeuvres during AERO India 2019 air show at Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru.(PTI Photo)
French aircraft Rafale manoeuvres during AERO India 2019 air show at Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru.(PTI Photo)

Row during launch of book on Rafale deal in Chennai

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2019 12:19 PM IST
In 2016, the Narendra Modi government signed a Rs 59,000-crore deal with French firm, Dassault Aviation, for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets to be supplied in flyaway condition starting September. The Congress-led opposition alleged malfeasance in the deal.
Singh also recalled how Parrikar ‘alone’ solve the one rank one pension issue.(PTI File)
Singh also recalled how Parrikar ‘alone’ solve the one rank one pension issue.(PTI File)

‘Manohar Parrikar played crucial role in reviving Rafale deal’: Rajnath Singh

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2020 01:50 AM IST
Speaking at the state level condolence meeting held on the 12th day since Parrikar’s passing, Singh who was a special invitee on the occasion said Parrikar who was chosen to be the country’s Defence Minister due to his unblemished record and decisiveness helped the country get the next generation fighter jets which were in the pipeline for more than three decades.
Congress’s chief spokesperson, Randeep Singh Surjewala, told reporters in New Delhi that Modi should be investigated under the relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code.(PTI)
Congress’s chief spokesperson, Randeep Singh Surjewala, told reporters in New Delhi that Modi should be investigated under the relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code.(PTI)

Rafale deal: Congress says PM Modi ‘misused office, time to file an FIR’

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2019 11:35 PM IST
The Congress on Wednesday said the time has come to lodge a first information report (FIR) against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly causing loss to public exchequer by waiving the bank guarantee to Dassault Aviation in the Rafale fighter jet deal.
The Congress Wednesday sought registration of an FIR against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “corruption” in the Rafale fighter jet deal, with party president Rahul Gandhi claiming that there “is now enough evidence” to prosecute him.(PTI)
The Congress Wednesday sought registration of an FIR against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “corruption” in the Rafale fighter jet deal, with party president Rahul Gandhi claiming that there “is now enough evidence” to prosecute him.(PTI)

‘Enough proof to prosecute PM’: Rahul Gandhi renews attack over Rafale row

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2019 11:32 PM IST
Leading the party’s charge, Rahul Gandhi alleged “the trail of corruption” in the Rafale fighter jet deal “begins and ends with” Modi.
The Supreme Court has decided to hear a petition seeking review petition of its earlier judgement on Rafale fighter jet deal, in which it had refused to order a probe.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The Supreme Court has decided to hear a petition seeking review petition of its earlier judgement on Rafale fighter jet deal, in which it had refused to order a probe.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Supreme Court to hear plea to review Rafale verdict on Tuesday

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2019 10:03 PM IST
The Supreme Court has decided to hear a petition seeking review petition of its earlier judgement on Rafale fighter jet deal, in which it had refused to order a probe.
Union minister Arun Jaitley launched a counter-attack on the Congress after CAG report on the Rafale deal was tabled in Parliamenta on Wednesday.(Photo: Twitter/@ANI)
Union minister Arun Jaitley launched a counter-attack on the Congress after CAG report on the Rafale deal was tabled in Parliamenta on Wednesday.(Photo: Twitter/@ANI)

CAG report vindicates Modi govt’s stand on Rafale deal, says Arun Jaitley

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2019 04:05 PM IST
Arun Jaitley has used the CAG report to target Rahul Gandhi, who has been hitting out at PM Modi over the 2016 defence contract.
A French fighter jet Rafale prepares to take off on the aircraft carrier "Charles de Gaulle", after the completion of its 18 month-long renovation in Toulon, France, November 8, 2018. Christophe Simon/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)
A French fighter jet Rafale prepares to take off on the aircraft carrier "Charles de Gaulle", after the completion of its 18 month-long renovation in Toulon, France, November 8, 2018. Christophe Simon/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)

Decoding the CAG report on Rafale fighter jet deal in 10 points

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2019 03:05 PM IST
CAG report on Rafale deal was tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday amid renewed attack on the Modi government over the 2016 defence contract.

Parliament highlights: Mulayamji has given his blessings, says PM Modi on last day of session

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2019 12:14 PM IST

The Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report into the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets, tabled in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, says the government saved money in the deal.The report says compared to the 126 aircraft deal, India managed to save 17.08% money for the India Specific Enhancements in the Rafale contract, news agency ANI reported. The overall price of fighter jets is 2.86 per cent cheaper as compared to the UPA-era deal, the report adds.Also read: Rafale jets 2.9 per cent cheaper than UPA-era deal, says CAG report tabled in ParliamentThe report was tabled in Parliament even as the Opposition protested outside against the deal. The CAG report has become the latest point of confrontation between the government and the opposition, with the Congress citing “conflict of interest”.Watch : Congress protests outside the Parliament against government 

The triple talaq bill and a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) into 11 defence deals, including that for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets, are likely to be tabled in Parliament on Wednesday.(Sonu Mehta/HT File PHOTO)
The triple talaq bill and a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) into 11 defence deals, including that for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets, are likely to be tabled in Parliament on Wednesday.(Sonu Mehta/HT File PHOTO)

CAG’s audit report into purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets tabled in Rajya Sabha

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2019 11:44 AM IST
The CAG report on Rafale deal has become the latest point of confrontation between the government and the opposition, with the Congress citing “conflict of interest”.
A French Rafale fighter jet takes off from the "Charles de Gaulle" aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean sea on February 7.(AFP Photo)
A French Rafale fighter jet takes off from the "Charles de Gaulle" aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean sea on February 7.(AFP Photo)

Integrity clause often given a miss, say defence ministry officials on Rafale row

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2019 09:57 AM IST
UPA-negotiated purchase of heavy lift transporters from US didn’t have sovereign guarantee: Official
A French Rafale fighter jet Rafale lands on the "Charles de Gaulle" aircraft carrier on February 7, 2019 in the Mediterranean sea.(AFP File Photo)
A French Rafale fighter jet Rafale lands on the "Charles de Gaulle" aircraft carrier on February 7, 2019 in the Mediterranean sea.(AFP File Photo)

CAG submits Rafale audit report to President, to reach Parliament soon

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rajesh Ahuja and Rajeev Jayaswal
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2019 10:35 PM IST
The submission of the report comes a day after the Congress demanded that the top auditor Rajiv Mehrishi should recuse himself from auditing the deal as he was the finance secretary when the deal was negotiated.
Chandigarh, India July 9, 2018::: Randeep Singh Surjewala addressing media at Haryana congress Bhawan, sector 9 in Chandigarh on Monday July 9, 2018, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, India July 9, 2018::: Randeep Singh Surjewala addressing media at Haryana congress Bhawan, sector 9 in Chandigarh on Monday July 9, 2018, Hindustan Times

Congress highlights: ‘Is the money used to bribe MLAs black or white?’ asks Congress on poaching row

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2019 10:37 AM IST

Congress’s KC Venugopal and Randeep Singh Surjewala addressed a press briefing on Saturday launching a sharp attack on the BJP over Karnataka poaching row.Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Friday accused the BJP of trying to dislodge the state government as he released two audio clips purportedly of opposition leader BS Yeddyurappa allegedly poaching JD(S) legislator Naganagouda Kandkur.The president of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s state unit BS Yeddyurappa, on his part, dismissed the audio clips as “fake” and “a concocted story”.Highlights:

A visitor looks at replicas of the fighter jet Rafale (L).(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
A visitor looks at replicas of the fighter jet Rafale (L).(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)

Row on parallel Rafale talks rocks Parliament

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2019 10:59 PM IST
A fresh political firestorm broke out on Friday over a report that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had conducted parallel talks with the French government over the Rs 59,000-crore Rafale jet fighter deal.
Minister Manohar Parrikar has termed as ‘over reaction’ his ministry’s note objecting to “parallel parleys” by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) with the French authorities over Rafale deal(PTI)
Minister Manohar Parrikar has termed as ‘over reaction’ his ministry’s note objecting to “parallel parleys” by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) with the French authorities over Rafale deal(PTI)

‘Over reaction’, wrote Manohar Parrikar on ministry note on PMO role in Rafale deal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2019 02:28 PM IST
The ongoing back and forth between the Congress and the government over the estimated Rs 58,000 crore deal to buy 36 combat jets from France took a new turn with a newspaper report on Friday citing a November 24, 2015 note of the defence ministry.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday attacked the Narendra Modi government over the controversial Rafale deal.(Mohd Zakir/HT file photo)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday attacked the Narendra Modi government over the controversial Rafale deal.(Mohd Zakir/HT file photo)

‘In black and white’: Rahul Gandhi cites MoD document on PM role in Rafale

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2019 11:56 AM IST
Congress president Rahul Gandhi, cited a defence ministry note published by The Hindu newspaper, that the Defence Ministry had complained about the PMO carrying out parallel negotiations with the French side.
New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks to the media persons at the Parliament during ongoing Budget Session, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Feb. 06, 2019. (PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan)(PTI2_6_2019_000069A)(PTI)
New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks to the media persons at the Parliament during ongoing Budget Session, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Feb. 06, 2019. (PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan)(PTI2_6_2019_000069A)(PTI)

Rafale row Highlights | Very dangerous: Sitharaman accuses Congress of trying to provoke army, IAF against govt

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2019 08:10 PM IST

Congress president Rahul Gandhi targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal. The Opposition has repeatedly targeted the Centre over the deal, alleging bloated prices for the fighter jets and corruption over the involvement of Reliance Defence in the deal, overlooking Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.In the latest controversy, the Congress alleged that the defence ministry objected to the PMO’s ‘interference’ in the deal. Read highlights here:

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