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Between 2007-12, Rs 65 crore bribe was given to middlemen, another sensational claim in Rafale deal

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In relation to the Rafale deal with India, the French investigative magazine ‘Mediapart’ has made a new claim of secret bribery. The magazine has claimed that French aircraft maker Dassault Aviation secretly paid around 7.5 million euros (Rs 65 crore) to middleman Sushen Gupta to help secure the deal from India, and Dassault paid the bribe amount to the company. Fake bills were allegedly used to enable According to a MediaPart investigation, Dassault Aviation paid bribes to middlemen in Mauritius between 2007 and 2012.

Highly sensitive to suspected corruption and favoritism in the Rs 59,000-crore inter-governmental deal with India for the supply of 36 Rafale fighter jets, the magazine had reported in July that a French judge had been appointed to lead the judicial inquiry. Is. There is no response from the Defense Ministry or Dassault Aviation on this latest report yet.

“Mediapart is today publishing an alleged bogus bill that allows French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation to at least engage a middleman to help finalize the sale of 36 Rafale fighter jets to India,” the magazine said in its new report on Sunday. Was able to pay the secret commission of 7.5 million euros.

The magazine alleged that despite having such documents, the Indian investigative agencies decided not to proceed with the case. “This includes offshore companies, dubious contracts and bogus bills,” the report claimed. Mediapart may disclose that officials from India’s federal police forces, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED), had evidence since October 2018 that French airline Dassault hired middleman Sushen Gupta in secret commissions. Had paid less than 75 lakh euros (about Rs 65 crore)….

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The report said this was related to the French company’s long and ultimately successful effort to secure a 7.8 billion euro deal in 2016 to sell 36 of its Rafale fighter jets to India. BJP’s National Information and Technology Department in-charge Amit Malviya hit out at the Congress, alleging that bribes were paid during the UPA regime.

Amit Malviya, the head of BJP’s IT cell, tweeted, “Dassault paid 14.6 million euros during 2004-2013 to middleman Sushen Gupta to sell Rafale. The UPA was accepting bribes but could not finalize the deal. The NDA later canceled it and struck a deal with the French government, which upset Rahul Gandhi.

The NDA government signed a deal to buy 36 Rafale jets for the Indian Air Force on September 23, 2016. The main opposition party has been attacking the Congress government over the Rafale deal. It had accused the government of huge irregularities in the deal, saying that the government was buying each plane at a price of over Rs 1,670 crore, while the previous UPA government had finalized it for Rs 526 crore.

Before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress had raised many questions about this deal, but the government rejected all the allegations. Rafale maker Dassault Aviation and India’s defense ministry had earlier denied allegations of any corruption in the deal. In 2019, the Supreme Court dismissed petitions seeking a probe into the deal, saying there was no basis for it.

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