Dassault Aviation rejects fresh allegations of wrongdoing in Rafale deal

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Dassault Aviation rejects fresh allegations of wrongdoing in Rafale deal
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New Delhi, April 8

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French aerospace main Dassault Aviation on Thursday rejected fresh allegations of corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal with India, saying no violations have been reported in the body of the contract.

The assertion by the producer of the Rafale jets got here days after French publication ‘Mediapart’, citing an investigation by the nation’s anti-corruption company, reported that Dassault Aviation had paid about a million Euros to an Indian intermediary.

“Numerous controls are carried out by official organisations, including the French Anti-Corruption Agency. No violations were reported, notably in the frame of the contract with India for the acquisition of 36 Rafales,” a Dassault Aviation spokesperson mentioned.

The official mentioned Dassault Aviation reiterated that it acts in strict compliance with the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Anti Bribery Convention and nationwide legal guidelines.

“Since the early 2000s, Dassault Aviation has implemented strict internal procedures to prevent corruption, guaranteeing the integrity, ethics and reputation of the company in its industrial and commercial relations,” the spokesperson mentioned.

The NDA authorities had signed a Rs 59,000-crore deal on September 23, 2016 to acquire 36 Rafale jets from French aerospace main Dassault Aviation after an almost seven-year train to acquire 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) for the Indian Air Force didn’t fructify through the UPA regime.

Prior to the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, the Congress raised a number of questions concerning the deal, together with on charges of the plane, and alleged corruption however the authorities rejected all the fees. PTI

 

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