The issue of brokerage in the Rafale deal has once again started creating a stir from India to France. On Sunday, a report by French media organization Mediapart claimed that French aviation company Dassault had paid a brokerage of 7.5 million euros to middlemen for the Rafale deal. According to the report, this amount was transferred through fake companies and fake bills. The middleman whose name is coming out in this deal is Sushen Mohan Gupta. Regarding Sushen Mohan Gupta, the Congress has accused the BJP of not getting the matter investigated. On the other hand, BJP says that Sushen Mohan has done this work only in connivance with the UPA government.
The 46-year-old businessman belongs to a family closely related to India’s defense and aviation industry. The Gupta family, settled in Old Delhi, had a clothing business by descent, but Sushen’s grandfather Brij Mohan Gupta had entered the world of aviation. Gupta had played a role in agreements with several international defense and aviation companies. Gupta had made deals with many big companies including British company Westland Aircraft, Pratt & Witney. After Brij Mohan Gupta, his son Dev also continued it as a family business and now Sushen Mohan Gupta is the third generation of the family.
Sushen Mohan Gupta, who studied at the American Embassy School in Delhi, has also received higher education from America. Sushen Mohan then intervened in the family’s aviation business as well as hospitality and power business. Sushen Gupta’s name had cropped up in the VVIP chopper scam of 2010. He got this deal done from AgustaWestland along with Gautam Khaitan and businessman Rajiv Saxena. Gautam Khaitan’s father OP Khaitan has a long association with the Gupta family. He had worked as a lawyer for the Gupta family.
Apart from this, Gupta had met Rajiv Saxena through OP Khaitan. All three were arrested during the investigation of the AgustaWestland deal. After this, a Delhi court released Sushen Gupta on bail. Now Mediapart’s report has claimed that Sushen Gupta had taken brokerage money in the deal through his network of fake companies spread across many countries.