France launches a probe into Rafale deal

The Rafale deal controversy revolves around a political conflict in India associated with the sale of 36 multirole fighter aircraft.

Aircraft purchased from France’s Dassault Aviation for an expenditure estimated at €7.8 billion by the Defence Ministry of India.

Authorities in France have launched a judicial investigation into proclamations of corruption in the deal of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft.

“A judge will lead the sensitive judicial inquiry into allegations of corruption.” – French media reports.

Allegations on Rafale Deal:

The recent probe is an aftermath of a string of reports done by Mediapart, considering the deal.

French media outlet Mediapart revealed, the judicial inquiry has initiated on June 14 and they have reports of a “financial gift” that Dassault bestowed to Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group.

Read more: India In Trouble: France Restarted Rafale Deal Probe

Mediapart claims to have, exhilarating documents indicating that the pact got signed between the French company and its Indian offsets partner two weeks before a piece of shocking news broke that the company provided 36 Rafale jets, instead of the 126 aircraft that were reconciled earlier.

Congress has requested a JPC probe against alleged corruption and favoritism, bringing the Rafale deal controversy back to life.

Mediapart claims, the Agence Française Anticorruption (AFA) found skeptical payments made to a company linked to a middleman.

India’s Enforcement Directorate in 2019, has charged the same man in connection with the VVIP chopper hoax.

Defuser released a statement saying, The agreement with India for the accession of 36 Rafales founded on a government-to-government basis.

This contract, as well as the offsets corresponding contract, meet the measures created by the regulators and enforced in full transparency between many governments and industrial allies.

The aircraft manufacturing firm also emphasized that it shipped all aircraft on schedule to India despite the Covid-19 epidemic.

The JV plant Dassault Reliance Aerospace has been manufacturing aircraft parts since 2018 as part of the offsets agreement.

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