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Congress raises Rafale deal again after French media claims of 1.1 million euros ‘fee’ | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The Congress Monday sought a radical probe within the Rafale defence deal and demanded solutions from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after a French media report claimed that 1.1 million euros was paid to a “middleman” by the plane producer.
Chief Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala informed a press convention right here that the French information portal’s report has proved that Rahul Gandhi‘s oft-repeated allegations of corruption within the deal had been right.
While there was no quick response from the BJP or the federal government on the costs, they’ve up to now denied any irregularities within the nation’s largest defence deal.
Surjewala stated as per the French portal’s report, an investigation performed by the ‘French Anti-Corruption Agency (AFA)’ has revealed that after signing of the deal in 2016, Rafale’s producer Dassault allegedly paid €1.1 million to a intermediary – Defsys Solutions – which is an Indian firm.
“Does it now not require a full and independent investigation into India’s biggest defence deal to find out as to how much bribery and commission in reality, if any, was paid and to whom in the Indian government,” he requested at a press convention.
“Will Prime Minister Narendra Modi answer to the nation now?” he requested.
Surjewala stated this quantity was proven as expenditure by Dassault as “gifts to clients”.
The Congress chief stated that the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) as additionally the acknowledged Indian authorities coverage envisage there can be an “Integrity Clause” in each defence buy contract which clearly states that there may be no intermediary or cost of fee or bribe.
Surjewala stated that as per the DPP, any proof of intermediary or fee or bribery has critical penal penalties together with the banning of the provider, cancellation of contract, registration of an FIR and imposition of heavy monetary penalties on the corporate.
“Has it not vitiated the Rafale deal entailing imposition of heavy financial penalties on Dassault, banning of the company, registration of an FIR and other penal consequences,” he requested.
He requested whether or not the cost of €1.1 million proven by Dassault as ‘Gifts to Clients’ in actuality a fee paid to the intermediary for the Rafale deal.
“How can ‘middleman’ and ‘Payment of Commission’ be permitted in a ‘government-to-government Defence Contract’ or in any Defence procurement in India in violation of the mandatory Defence Procurement Procedure,” he requested.

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