Karma is a ledger account of one’s actions, says Rahul Gandhi on latest Rafale revelations
An investigative report by a French portal claimed that €1.1 million had been paid to a intermediary within the 2016 fighter plane deal.
Karma is a ledger account of a individual’s actions, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday responded to the latest investigative report by a French portal that claimed that €1.1 million had been paid to a intermediary within the 2016 Rafale fighter plane deal.
Mr. Gandhi’s response comes a day after his celebration demanded a contemporary investigation into the Rafale deal.
“Karma = The ledger of one’s actions. Nobody escapes it,” he tweeted with the hashtag #Rafale.
The French portal — Mediapart — had reported that France’s anti-corruption company, Agence Française Anticorruption (AFA), discovered plane producer Dassault Aviation had paid €a million to an Indian firm within the € 7.87 billion Rafale deal between India and France.
“That middleman is now accused of money laundering in India in another defence deal. The company said the money was used to pay for the manufacture of 50 large replica models of Rafale jets, even though the inspectors were given no proof that these models were made. Yet against all apparent logic, the AFA decided not to refer the matter to prosecutors,” based on an investigation by Mediapart.
Dassault had supplied AFA with a “proforma invoice” dated March 30, 2017 equipped by an Indian firm referred to as Defsys Solutions which based on the AFA investigation report was associated to 50% of the full order (€1,017,850), for the manufacture of 50 fashions of the Rafale C, with a value per unit of €20,357.
However, the report claimed, Dassault was unable to offer the AFA with a “single document showing that these models existed and were delivered, and not even a photograph” when AFA inspectors subsequently discovered these particulars in mid-October 2018 and requested the corporate for a proof.
“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? Will Prime Minister Narendra Modi answer to the nation now,” requested Congress common secretary Randeep Surjewala.
“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 added.