New Delhi, April 8
In a startling revelation, a French media home has claimed that an Indian enterprise middleman was secretly paid tens of millions of euros by Dassault Aviation, maker of Rafale fighter jets, and French defence electronics agency Thales. The French crew had succeeded in eradicating the anti-corruption clauses from the fighter contract.
French media home ‘Mediapart’ revealed the third and last a part of the sequence on the Rafale deal. It stated: “Mediapart has obtained a number of confidential documents from the ED (Indian Enforcement Directorate) case file, which shed new light on the behind-the-scenes events of the Rafale deal”.
“Dassault and Thales paid Sushen Gupta several million euros in secret commissions to offshore accounts and shell companies, using inflated invoices for software consulting,” stated the report. These funds had been moreover the questionable contract, , price 1 million euros, with Dassault for making reproduction fashions of Rafale jets.
According to data gained by Mediapart, Gupta obtained confidential paperwork from the Indian Defence Ministry on the dispute between India and France over the acquisition prices of Rafale.
The report stated, in August 2015, “Indian negotiators concluded, in a confidential report, that the overall purchase price for the jets, including their weaponry, should be 5.06 billion euros. But in January 2016, Dassault proposed more than double the price: 10.7 billion euros, excluding the missile equipment.” “For the French camp, Sushen Gupta’s help was to show treasured. He obtained confidential paperwork from the Indian Defence Ministry with reference to the dispute over the acquisition prices. These included the minutes of conferences by the Indian negotiating crew.
The report stated the Indian Supreme Court dominated in 2019 that there have been inadequate grounds for opening an investigation into the matter. But that call was made with out the data gathered within the probe by the ED in one other case. — TNS