CPI(M) demands enquiry into Rafale fighter jet deal
The BJP has already denied the allegation within the French media report as baseless.
The CPI(M) has demanded an enquiry into the Rafale fighter jet deal after a French media report claimed that Euro 1.1 million was paid to a “middleman” by the plane producer. The BJP has already denied the allegation in the French media report as baseless.
“The current revelation in a French media portal that one million euros were paid to a “middleman” within the deal to purchase 36 Rafale jets has as soon as once more raised the difficulty of kickbacks and different unlawful funds within the Rafale deal. The report is predicated on an evaluation of the Dassault firm’s accounts of 2017,” CPI(M) politburo mentioned in a press release.
“The dogged refusal by the [Narendra] Modi government to order a probe into the Rafale deal raises suspicion that it has something to hide in the matter. The CAG audit report could not obviously look into the issue of illegal payments,” it mentioned.
It demanded a high-level investigation into the cancellation of an earlier order and the issuance of a recent order for 36 fighter jets.
According to Mediapart, its report was based mostly on an investigation by the nation’s anti-corruption company Agence Francaise Anticorruption (AFA), which discovered that after inking the deal, fee was made by Dassault Aviation, the producer of Rafale fighter jets.
According to the report, the producer has not been capable of reply the queries posed by the AFA.