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Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman rebuts Rafale allegations on France visit

India's defence minister faced new questions Thursday over a 2016 deal to buy Rafale fighter jets from France, which critics say unfairly profited a key backer of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking at a briefing in Paris, Nirmala Sitharaman reiterated the government's claim that it had no idea the jets' builder, Dassault Aviation, would team…

Amid Cover-Up Allegations, Defence Minister Explains Rafale Factory Visit

Paris: In France for a three-day visit, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today refuted Congress allegations that she has gone on a cover-up exercise and insisted that the government had no part in the selection of Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as a joint venture partner in the Rafale deal. It was choice of the OEM (Original Equipment…

Dassault Aviation says it chose Reliance ‘freely’ for Rafale deal

The decision to partner with Reliance Defence on Rafale aircraft deal was taken ‘freely,’ Dassault Aviation said in a press release on Thursday, October 11, 2018.The clarification came a day after reports in the French media suggested that the company was made to choose Reliance Defence in a “trade-off” to get the Rafale aircraft deal…

Rahul Gandhi accuses Modi of corruption in Rafale deal

Firing a fresh salvo at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Rafale deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi alleged on Thursday that Mr. Modi was a “corrupt man who helped industrialist Anil Ambani pocket ₹30,000 crore in the purchase of the fighter aircraft.”Mr. Gandhi demanded an investigation against the Prime Minister.“PM is Anil Ambani's chowkidar”, Mr.…

Dassault Papers Show Reliance Entry Mandatory For Rafale Deal: Report

Rafale deal: Government has been accused of wrongdoing in allegedly giving deal to Anil AmbaniNew Delhi/Paris: An internal document of Dassault Aviation, the makers of the Rafale fighters that India is buying from France, shows the aerospace major picking Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as the offset partner in India was mandatory for the 36 jet deal,…

SC to hear plea against Rafale deal on October 10

PTI New Delhi, October 08, 2018 11:55 IST Updated: October 08, 2018 12:10 IST PTI New Delhi, October 08, 2018 11:55 IST Updated: October 08, 2018 12:10 IST more-in The PIL seeks a direction to the Centre to reveal details of the deal The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear on October 10 a…

Pawar games — on defending Modi on Rafale

If Maharashtra often appears to be on the cusp of a political realignment, it is in no small part due to the posturing and shadow boxing of the old warhorse, Sharad Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party. After stating that people did not doubt the intentions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rafale deal,…

Congress, Rahul Gandhi making a lot of ‘noise’ over Rafale deal:...

Union minister Ramdas Athawale Sunday said opposition Congress and its chief Rahul Gandhi were "making a lot of noise" over the Rafale fighter jet deal which was "between two governments". Speaking on the sidelines of a function here, the minister of state for social justice and empowerment said French President Emmanuel Macron has said the…

Price comparisons continue to cloud Rafale acquisition

Comments from the government over the pricing of the Rafale deal continue to fly thick and fast with Union Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat asserting this week that Congress president Rahul Gandhi was misleading people by comparing the cost of an unloaded aircraft with a fully loaded one. The present Rafale deal,…

Hollande comments fuel India’s Rafale jet deal scandal

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