Subsequently after sending two letters addressed to Congress president Rahul Gandhi on the Rafale deal, Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence has now sent a legal notice to Congress national spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill asking him to refrain from making unverified, frivolous and defamatory statements on the deal.
In a ‘cease and desist’ notice addressed to Jaiveer Shergill, Reliance said that freedom of expression of politicians does not mean that they have a license to behave irresponsibly and make distorted statements to suit their political interests.
Congress Spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill receives a cease & desist notice from Anil Ambani led Reliance Infrastructure, Reliance Defence & Reliance Aerostructure asking him to restrain from speaking on Rafale, failing which he will face legal consequences. pic.twitter.com/9yAa2zUcnB
— ANI (@ANI) August 22, 2018
The notice alleged that Congress leaders are indulging in what appears to be a “vilification campaign” to “deliberately besmirch” the name and reputation of the company for “petty personal and political gains”.
The Reliance named other Congress leaders viz Randeep Surjewala, Ashok Chavan, Sanjay Nirupam, Anugrah Narayan Singh. Oommen Chandy, Shaktisinh Gohil, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Sunil Kumar Jakhar and Priyanka Chaturvedi and furthered that the company reserved the right to resort to legal recourse for the protection of their name, brand, reputation, and goodwill in case of any scurrilous statements being made against them.
The Reliance group of industries, headed by Anil Ambani had earlier too sent a Rs 1,000 crore defamation notice to Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam for making “false and baseless” allegations against the company and demanded an apology within 72 hours after the receipt of the notice. The company also demanded that Nirupam “desist from making any such statements concerning the Reliance Group without first ascertaining the facts.”
While reacting to the legal notice, the Congress spokesperson, Jaiveer Shergill, said that the “Cease & Desist” Notice from Anil Ambani threatening him of legal consequences cannot scare him and tweeted that the “Tax Payer of this country deserves to know why they paid extra 42000 Cr.”
Amidst the entire fracas created by the opposition over the Rafale deal, in an attempt to whitewash the government’s likeness, Anil Ambani has recently written to Congress president Rahul Gandhi on the Rafale fighter jet deal saying his party has been “misinformed, misdirected and misled” by “malicious vested interests and corporate rivals” on the issue.
According to reports, Ambani has refuted Rahul’s claim that Ambani’s company, Reliance Defence lacks any experience and has asserted that the central government had no role to play in French company Dassault signing the deal with Reliance Defence to be its local partner.
Earlier too, Anil on December 12, 2017, had reportedly written a letter to Rahul Gandhi reminding him of the ‘respectful relationship’ the Ambani family had with the Gandhi family for long years and stating that Ambani has been ‘personally saddened’ by the unfortunate comments the Gandhi scion has made for the Ambanis and their company.
Nothing seems to waiver Congress and its President Rahul Gandhi’s impulsion of downplaying BJP, who have been incessantly attacking them over the Rafale deal. Rahul Gandhi had even lied on the floor of the parliament while claiming the French President told him that there is no confidentiality clause in the deal, which the French authorities immediately denied in an official statement.
The Congress does not cease to stop playing the blame-game even though it has been revealed umpteen number of times by various news reports that the NDA Rafale deal has cost much lesser per aircraft than the UPA deal.