Corruption allegations surrounding the Indian government's aviation deal with France have the potential to lead to a defeat for Modi's government in the upcoming election.
With the removal coming just 48 hours after the Supreme Court ruling reinstated him, the opposition cries foul, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of sacking the senior officer to steer clear of a corruption investigation.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi can't seem to shake off the accusations that the defence deal to purchase Rafale fighter jets was not done above board. Can his party recover before Indians go to the polls?
India is in an uproar over former President François Hollande's statement that seems to implicate Prime Minister Modi in singling out one company for a lucrative fighter jet contract.
Indian political parties have been gunning for Narendra Modi over the 2016 purchase of 36 Rafale planes from Dassault Aviation estimated to be worth $8.7 billion, saying he had overpaid for the planes and had not been transparent.
The new combat jet is intended to replace from 2040 France’s Dassault Aviation Rafales and Germany’s Eurofighters, made by a European consortium.
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