Vishwajit Rane terms audio clip on Rafale deal as doctored, demands probe

Panaji, Jan 2 (UNI) Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Wednesday demanded inquiry into an audio clip in which he has alleged that State Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had stored files related to Rafale deal in his bedroom.

Addressing a press conference at his private residence in the city after the audio clip went viral, he claimed that the audio clip was doctored and the voice note being circulated was absurd and illogical.

‘Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has never made any kind of reference to Rafale or any kind of documents or anything. I have already informed my party national president Amit Shah ji regarding the happenings of the doctored video. I have also sent the detailed email along with the copy of the letter to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar asking for a criminal investigation and also the voice to be tested by any specialised agency,’ he said.

Mr Rane said there was no question discussing the issue of Rafale as he was not related to it. ‘Any cabinet minister is not related to the subject as it is a national subject. We have no information about it and there no reason we should discuss about it. There has never been a point when Mr Parrikar spoke about Rafale or any kind of documents being present.’

The minister also claimed that the Congress party had been after him since he joined ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

‘Starting from the point I have joined Bharatiya Janata Party, they (Congress) have been after me on various issues. After two Congress MLAs left Congress and joined BJP, Goa Desk Incharge Chellakaumar made allegations that I was talking to him….They have stooped to such a level to doctor a video to create miscommunication between cabinet minister. ..They (Congress) are trying to sensational Rafale. Central agencies should probe so that these things can come out. There is no question of discussing this subject,” Mr Rane said.

The Congress on Wednesday alleged that Mr Rane had made a sensational disclosures unravelling corruption in Rafale deal.

Talking to reporters in New Delhi, All India Congress Committee (AICC) media incharge Randeep Surjewala released an audio clip of Mr Rane’s conversation with a person giving details of the meeting of the state cabinet last week.

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