With morning headlines indicating that Rafale would again be the opposition focus on Tuesday, Sibal put on his Congress hat to slam Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ambani. “It seems Airbus, French government, Anil Ambani all knew that the PM will sign an MoU on his visit to France between 9th and 11th April, 2015. This government’s lies exposed,” he tweeted.
It seems Airbus , French Government , Anil Ambani all knew that the PM will sign an MOU on his visit to France betw… https://t.co/e7uWvye0sV
— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) 1549945276000
Within minutes, Sibal was inside the Supreme Court appearing for Ambani in a contempt petition filed against Reliance Communication by Ericsson India.
BJP spokesperson and Supreme Court lawyer Nalin Kohli said, “There is no restriction on a senior advocate appearing in any matter. However, the apparent conflict in Sibal’s two positions on Anil Ambani bring into focus questions of propriety that need to be addressed both by the advocate and his political leaders.”
However, Sibal saw no contradiction in his jibe at Ambani who forms the core of Congress’s corruption charge in the Rafale defence deal, and his role as the latter’s defence attorney. “I was representing Reliance Communications against Ericsson and this has nothing to do with Rafale. This is a corporate fight and Anil Ambani is the MD. I have been appearing for them for 20 years,” Sibal said.
Congress tried to play down Sibal’s act. “His political stand is clear: that there is corruption in Rafale deal and the PM is responsible for it, with Ambani being its beneficiary. Sibal appeared in the other case (Ericsson) in his professional capacity as a lawyer. His political stance is clear and there is no contradiction,” AICC spokesman Randeep Surjewala said.