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New ‘explosion’ in Rafale deal, report claims – Rs 65 crore given to middlemen. Bribe, CBI-ED was also aware

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A French online magazine ‘Mediapart’ has made a new disclosure regarding the Rafale deal. The magazine has published a fake invoice claiming that the French company Dassault Aviation, which made the Rafale, had paid a bribe of about Rs 65 crore (€7.5 million) to Indian middleman Sushen Gupta to get the deal done and the CBI and ED were also aware of this. But he didn’t take any action. The report claimed that despite having the documents, the Indian agencies decided not to pursue the matter. Let us tell you that India had made a deal of 36 Rafale aircraft with France for Rs 59000 crores.

“This includes offshore companies, dubious contracts and fake invoices,” the report said. Mediapart may disclose that Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) associates have evidence since October 2018 that Dassault has The middleman has been paid at least 65 crores in secret commission to Sushen Gupta.

According to MediaPart, the alleged fake invoices led to the payment of at least 7.5 million euros, or about Rs 65 crore, to Gupta in secret commission to help French aircraft maker Dassault Aviation secure a deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets with India. enabled. However, despite the existence of these documents, Indian agencies did not show interest in the matter and did not initiate investigation.

Five months ago, Mediapart had reported that a French judge had been appointed to investigate suspected “corruption and favoritism” in the Rafale deal. In an April 2021 report, the online magazine claimed it had documents showing that Dassault and its industrial partner Thales (a defense electronics firm) hired middleman Gupta in several ‘secret commissions’ in connection with the Rafale deal. million euros were paid.

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According to the April report, most of the payments were made before 2013. According to an account spreadsheet belonging to Sushen Gupta, a company named ‘D’ (which is a code he regularly uses for Dassault) paid 14.6 million dollars to shell company Interdev in Singapore in the period 2004-2013. Euro paid. The report said that Interdev was a shell company that was not involved in real activity and was run by a strawman for the secret family. Explain that shell companies are those companies, which often run on paper and do not do physical transactions of money.

The report said that according to another account spreadsheet belonging to Gupta, which only accounts for the period 2004 to 2008, Thales paid €2.4 million to another shell company. In April itself, French media publication ‘Mediapart’, citing the investigation of the country’s anti-corruption agency, published news that ‘Dassault Aviation had paid a bribe of 1 million euros to Indian middleman Gupta to prepare 50 replica models of Rafale. .

The BJP-led NDA government at the Center had signed a Rs 59,000-crore agreement on September 23, 2016 to buy 36 Rafale jets from French aerospace company Dassault Aviation. Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress had raised many questions about the deal, including aircraft rates and alleged corruption, but the government had rubbished all the allegations. Let us tell you that this matter also went to the Supreme Court.

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