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Raje Aids Corruption (Rajasthan)

Rajasthan govt passed an ordinance, effectively putting an end to any kind of investigation against public servants, magistrates and judges, serving and retired. It aimed at providing impunity to corrupt officials, even when there was clear evidence. Corrupt officials were given ample time to bury the case, and media was stopped from disclosing the identity of any official. The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2017 was introduced to this effect. Raje govt faced severe criticism for this pro-corruption attitude and was later forced to withdraw the Bill.

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Rafale scam

A deal was signed by the Modi government to purchase 36 Rafale jets at a rate much higher than what was negotiated by the UPA government. The original deal was signed by the UPA to purchase 126 aircraft. Modi government has refused to make public the price of the aircraft, saying a secrecy clause exists between India and France. However, this secrecy clause only binds India from revealing the technical specifications and operational capabilities of the aircraft, and not the price. French manufacturer Dassault has already released the total price of 36 aircraft, which is about ₹60,000 crore. This makes the per aircraft price to be ₹1,660 crore, as against ₹526 crore, as negotiated by the UPA. The UPA’s price included transfer of technology (ToT), and the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was to make 108 aircraft. Under the new deal, there is no ToT, and HAL, which has a good record in defence production, was superseded by Reliance Aerospace owned by Anil Ambani. Also, as per Dassault Aviation’s Annual Report, Qatar and Egypt brought the same aircraft at Rs 1319 crore. No prior approval of the Cabinet Committee on Security committee was sought.

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RHB property (Rajasthan)

A Lokayukta Report observed that BJP MLA from Soorsagar, Vyas, was allotted a residential property in Jodhpur in 2007, which was officially reserved for the housing board commissioner. Vyas was granted a 50% rebate on the total cost of Rs 33,11,631. She had to pay only Rs 17,51,003, causing a huge loss to the state exchequer.

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