Rafale : Two Years After Dassault Deal, Reliance’s ‘Ultra Modern Planned Factory’ Remains A Warehouse

Dassault - Reliance Site - Nagpur, India

On 21st September, a new twist has emerged in the Rafale saga, affirming that indeed Government of India had a role in appointing the deal to Anil Ambani owned Reliance. Julien Bouissou, South Asia correspondent, Le Monde put out a tweet sharing some gory details of the contract.

He addressed his tweet to Indian Journalists sharing the extract of the article published this afternoon in the Media Part. He quoted President François Hollande on the Rafale Deal and also translated some excerpts in English for reference. He quoted Hollande,

“I had no choice in this regard. It was the Indian government that proposed this service group and Dassault who negotiated with Ambani. We had no choice, we took the interlocutor who was given to us. This is why, this group did not have to do me any grace whatsoever. I could not even imagine that there was any connection with a film by Juliet Gayet(his partner).”

Rafale Jet

Once again Mediapart has tweeted today saying ‘The Rafale affair in India: a new Dassault document’

The reports which is translated directly from French to English states,

“Two years after the signing of the Rafale sales contract in India, the ultra-modern factory planned by the Dassault joint venture with its Indian partner Reliance, boils down to a warehouse-like building. While a new complaint was filed in New Delhi, a document obtained by Mediapart shows that Dassault considered this alliance as a “counterpart”, “imperative and mandatory”, to get the market.

It was a true false inauguration. A symbolic “first stone” was placed on pre-cut turf, in Nagpur (central India), which announced the beginning of the construction of the “future factory” Dassault-Reliance. According to an internal Dassault document obtained by Mediapart, a senior member of the aviation group had explained to the staff representatives that the joint venture was a “counterpart”, “imperative and mandatory” to win the Rafale market.”

The Supreme Court on Wednesday has also asked the Narendra Modi government to submit a report with details of the decision-making process to buy 36 Rafale fighters from France by 29th October. The Supreme Court also asked the government to submit the details in a sealed cover.

The Supreme Court bench, headed by the newly inducted Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices S.K. Kaul and K.M. Joseph, however declined to issue a notice to the government on the Rafale deal and declared that it did not want the “technical details” or get into pricing issues.

Will the Rafale Deal just get murkier by the day or will Supreme Court actually get to the bottom of the scam, if any.

Anil Ambani

The news of accessing the latest Dassault internal document was broken by Nupur Tiwari, Independent Journalist and Consulting Chief Editor, Europe for NDTV





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