Indian middlemen received EUR 1 million as 'gift' by Dassault in Rafale deal: Report


Daijiworld Media Network - New Delhi

New Delhi, Apr 5: An investigation by the French publication Mediapart has revealed that the manufacturer of French combat jet Rafale agreed to pay EUR 1 million to a middleman in India just after the signing of the Indo-French contract in 2016. In the 2017 accounts of the Dassault group, an amount of EUR 508,925 was allegedly paid under 'gifts to clients' head.

The French Anti-Corruption Agency, Agence Française Anticorruption (AFA), first discovered the irregularity during their scheduled audit of Dassault.
 
 
"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," Mediapart reported citing the confidential audit report on Sunday evening, April 4. THe report of the AFA audit stated that the amount seemed disproportionate in relation to all the other entries.

However, speculations have arisen on the credibility of the justice system of both the countries after the French Anti-Corruption Agency did not flag the prosecution authorities of the alleged payment. The audit coincided with a tip received by the French public prosecution services' financial crimes branch, the Parquet National Financier (PNF), in October 2018 which alleged irregularities in the defence deal.

In the AFA report accessed by Mediapart, Dassault tried to justify 'the larger than usual gift' with a proforma invoice from an Indian company called Defsys Solutions. The invoice, dated March 30, 2017, stated that Defsys was paid 50 per cent of an order worth 1,017,850 for manufacturing of 50 dummy models of the Rafale jets. Each dummy, according to the AFA report, was quoted at a hefty price of 20,357.

The Dassault group, however, failed to provide any documentary evidence to the AFA inspectors, which could establish the existence of those models. Also, Dassault could not explain why the expenditure was listed as a 'gift to clients' in their accounts.

Defsys is one of the subcontractors of Dassault in India which has been linked with controversial businessman Sushen Gupta. Sushen Gupta was earlier arrested and later granted bail for his alleged role in another major defence scam in India, the AgustaWestland VVIP Chopper case. Sushen Gupta was charged by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for allegedly devising a money-laundering scheme for the payouts during the purchase of the helicopters. So far both Dassault and Defys have not given any statement in this regard.

A deal for 36 fighter jets was signed in 2016 for EUR 7.8 billion which was a government-to-government deal. The first squadron of the Rafale jets were already raised by the Indian Air Force at Ambala and is due to raise the second one at Hasimara in West Bengal. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

  

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  • praveen, mlore

    Tue, Apr 06 2021

    Our Politicians looted indians more than British.....

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  • praveen, mlore

    Tue, Apr 06 2021

    Chowidar chor hey............prooved it....who is that Middleman...no need proof...even BJPee supporters know who is that kalla...but not opening mouth...

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  • Rahulbaba, mangalore

    Tue, Apr 06 2021

    all the congis must be happy. But no use.

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  • Narendra shetty, Karkala

    Tue, Apr 06 2021

    If so THE MIDDLEMAN IS NOBODY ELSE THAN A GUJJU BAI/BEN, Very close person of PM Modi or Amit Shah. Out of EUR 1 million 50% will go to FEKU and DAKU. In other words Hindustan was looted by Hindu's much more than British's. That is the main reason after independence also we remained there only

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  • Bala K, Urwa

    Tue, Apr 06 2021

    Last loksabha elections RGa cried hard and went to France, obtained a statement from France. Again for this election this beedi pataki. The opposition have to go hard at the government if this is a issue. See after this elections how Rg will absond, enjoy and comeback with something.

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  • Gurka, mangaluru

    Tue, Apr 06 2021

    Rahul was asked to apologies when he shouting to the roof top about the corruption in the deal !! BHAKTHA happy now ! the truth is always bitter and lies are sweeter if its coming from MODI mouth

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 06 2021

    'Na Khaunga, Na Khane Doonga' ...

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Tue, Apr 06 2021

    Common in any deal that middleman commison incurred. Concerns. Why Rafale dealt faster than promised agenda 2014? When V vl start to benefit from Rafale?

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  • Ranjith Rodrigues, Dubai

    Tue, Apr 06 2021

    Look at Niira Radia. Still no prosecution yet, simply because he has become very cozy with the BJP which will absolve all your sins through their electoral bonds.

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  • E B Soans, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 06 2021

    American elections were stolen. Even though Donald Trump won, JoeBiden was made president., an appointed president by Big Tech, Caucus and the cabal. George Soros is behind this funding. If I tell you now one may laugh. China and the BigTech funded by George Soros are planning to steal Indian election 2024. Spreading misinformation, distortion of facts are the beginning. This fake news by Main stream media is 1 of the tactics. Lets assume A person is doing good work. To defame is easy. Same way some people who are corrupted, their corruption is exposed. Then they start media campaign to defame the whistle blower. So friends let's not get into quick conclusions. Learn geo political science and changing dynamics. Then comment. Coronavirus is a war created by Bi gTech, media houses, medical companies. Its a war fought without firing a gun shot. Next will be poisoning the ocean, sea, rivers, air. The dynamics of warfare has changed forever.

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  • Karuna, Bengaluru

    Tue, Apr 06 2021

    Fools rush where angels fear to tread. This can be applied to majority of views expressed here. There is no official communication on bribery from the Raffel company or French governnment Secondly the person suspected also is involved in earlier scam where Congress party is closely linked along with Gandhi family. Common sense should dictate that BJP even if it is involved in this scam would not be so foolish to be associated in a scam which will ultimately land at the court of Gandhi family.

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  • Peter, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 06 2021

    What rubbish. There are photos of sushen gupta hobnobbing with a certain man close to you know who. Simply don't pull a toy rabbit from your hat.First it was the scania bus case which was hushed by "Modia"... Now this also will be pushed under the carpet and "ebaryting wil be fine"!

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  • Vishal, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    Corruption is in our blood. The only thing is the political parties change. When they were in power, the Congress looted our country and now it is the turn of the BJP. They are just two sides of the same coin. The only difference is the Congress did not coin any slogans. They did it as they pleased. The BJP is doing it very cleverly by saying "Na khaoonga aur na khaane doonga" and "I will guard the country like a chowkidar" and all such sugar coated slogans just to hoodwink the public. The bottom line is there is no upright politician in India. Please Bhakts, don't say the chowkidar is an exception. He is extremely dangerous to our country. The earlier he is sent packing by the voters, the better it will be for India.

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  • Ayes p., Kudla/ksa

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    Rahul rahul rahul! You are absolutely right.

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  • Roger, Palimar

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    In that case..... Mr. Rahul Gandhi was absolutely right.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    ಆಬ್ ಕಿ ಬಾರ್... ದಲಾಲ್ ಕೀ ಸರ್ಕಾರ್ ...

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    Google Mediapart and you will know it's worth!!

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  • Sameer, Riyadh

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    "However, speculations have arisen on the credibility of the justice system of both the countries after the French Anti-Corruption Agency did not flag the prosecution authorities of the alleged payment." We don't know about France., but It's better we don't discuss the credibility of India's justice system. ;) ;) ;)

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  • Don D'Souza, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    What's new? Doing business in India and most parts of the world, the Middle Men are an absolute MUST. Whatever is being sold, there will be supporters and opponents almost all with vested interest. That's why it is said: "It not what you know? or the credibility of the product ? It is: " Who you Know?" That will push your file right to the top, irrespective of what is being sold they will convince the rest. They are deal makers?

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    The middle man was same for UPA and NDA. Call political parties by any name - Raat Ko Ek Hi Thaali Me Se Khaane Waale Log Hain.....

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    But the difference is, Monti Dotor, if in UPA, the person gets it it Sonia Gandhi (irrelevant of the name of the receiver) but in NDA NaMo is never mentioned. How is this justified ?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    One Bankrupt Businessman had to be Salvaged ...

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    70 years of loot in 70 times in 7 years. Wha bhai wha !! .

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  • Jessy, Mlore

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    Joke of decade. Under ruling party everything juicy for some

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  • Oliver, Mangaluru

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    Hope not these 20 dummies only re-painted and delivered back to India. "Hogaya Sabka Vikas" Regards, Oliver

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  • SB, Mlore

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    8 crores? Commission? Really?... If it's true shame on GOVT for going this low as Dkshi used to make that much in one industry connection inside SEZs during his time as power minister.

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  • kavin, UDUPI

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    Everything is business, what ever party rules india.

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  • NITIN SHETTY, bangalore

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    $600 million that is 4863,08,80,000 IN rupee Anil Ambani owes to chinese banks. China Development Bank, The Export Import Bank of China and Industrrial and Commercial Bank of China still got Rafael deal. Anil ambani net worth is zero as per his lawyer.

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  • Raghu, Pumpwell

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    Sab ke saath..... SAAAB ka vikas...hogaya ...15 din mei.. ayenge aap logonka ka account mei 15 ...15..lakh rupye..

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  • Ozy, Surathkal

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    That's why defence files were missing.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    After all our tax money went for Rafael and the middleman got €1 million?????.......Now this Satan in Saint’s outlook should rephrase his ‘Na Khaoonga Na Khanedoonga’ dialogue or else should be burnt alive as he promised. But BJP may twist and rescript this story to put the blame on congress in the media. Now BJP can not claim documents lost on the way to court trial as it is clearly stated in France audit report with Indian govt as Partner-In-Crime.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    Sushen Gupta of Defsys has long term relationship with Dassault. He is a defense broker not only in India, but also he brokers deals with other small countries for Dassault. Money paid to Gupta can noway be linked to the Rafael deal between India and Dassault. Moreover, the NDA government and Gupta are not in good terms at all.

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  • PenMightierThanTheSword!, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    Shankar, Mangaluru — so joker, how did he become the middleman in the deal?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    Shankar, Mangaluru - Corruption is in our DNA ...

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  • Alfria, Manglore/Mumbai

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    Shankar; who came and told you that Gupta and NDA government are not on good terms, are you working as Gupta's personal secretary or are you personal secretary of defense minister. Please don't try to hide the government's wrong doing. Be just and have the guts to speak the truth.

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  • Ayes p., Kudla/ksa

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    Bhakt already found excuse to defend.

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  • D Bhat, Mangaluru

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    There is not a single person in BJP who is corrupt. This Rafale report is highly corrupt. The French journalist must have got money to write a fake report.

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  • Anil, MP

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    @ Bhat...... Ur comment was funny..... Brainless Bhakts like you ppl exist in India....... In France ppl are highly educated, they know reasoning... They ask questions etc... In India Bhakts like you exist...

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    Atleast democracy exists countries other than India and govt institutions are not been bought by the govt to parrot its talk. Rest is up to the French govt to investigate the audit report which is released from the govt itself. Is BJP ready to do the same or silence whistle blowers, RTI activists and deliberately lose documents to provide to court to prove its under hand deal with Dassault for its assault???????.......Let’s prove if its fake paid report, anti national report or opposition adventurism in court of law, are you ready BJP do you have guts?????????.......

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    Beacuse they get generic ‘Clean Chit’ certificate as soon as they join BJP.

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  • Aravind Shetty, Mangalore/Riyadh

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    French report is Anti National

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    Without corruption the price of the Rafale wont get doubled than the originally quoted price....!!!!!!???

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 05 2021

    Now Rahul can use the slogan - "Chowkidhar Chor Hey" again!!!?

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