Rafael fighter jet maker Dassault / Dassault Aviation has denied reports by French media outlet MediaApart claiming that the company had bribed € 1.1 million to an Indian company. Dassault has said that there has been no violation of rules in the sale of 36 Rafale jets to India in this government-to-government deal.
The company said the deal was monitored by several other official organizations, including the French Anti-Corruption Agency. No infringement has been done in Rafael or any deal with India. The company said that it fulfills all the rules and norms related to contracts and offset agreements for 36 Rafale aircraft with India.
In a statement issued on the allegations of corruption on 8 April it said, “Strict regulations have been implemented to prevent corruption, guarantee the integrity, ethics of the company in industrial and commercial relations.” Keeping in mind the Sapin 2 law, the company has enforced stringent rules in the parent company and its subsidiaries. ”
Dassault also stated that he and Reliance Group had set up the Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited (DRAL) joint venture in 2017. A plant has also been constructed at Nagpur, which has been producing Falcon parts and pieces since 2018. Falcon is the largest commercial jet manufacturer in France’s aviation sector.
What was the media report in its report
French media company MediaApart claimed in its report that France’s anti-corruption agency ‘Agnes Français Anti Corruption Agency’ had found in its investigation that Dassault paid one million euros to a middleman. He is under investigation in India in connection with a defense deal. According to the report, Dassault made it clear that the payment was made to the Indian company to make 50 large replica models of the Rafale jet. In Dassault’s account it is shown as a gift to the client.
Dassault also showed to the Anti Corruption Bureau the invoice from the Indian company Defacis Solutions, in which Rafale was traded for the supply of the models. However, the report also claimed that the company had not actually been able to show proof of distribution of the models.
Defacis Solution is owned by the family of Susheen Mohan Gupta, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in 2019 for payment transactions in the AgustaWestland helicopter scam case. Defacis Solution has denied the allegations of taking money from Dassault Aviation without any delivery. The company says that it took money to make replicas of Rafael.
“All this is a response to the false and unfounded claims being made in a section of the media, stating that Dafsis has not supplied 50 replica models of Rafale aircraft,” the company said in a statement. The company also stated that such deliveries related to delivery invoices, e-way bills and GST returns have been properly filed with the concerned departments.