Dassault Internal Document Confirms: Alliance With Ambani Was ‘Mandatory & Imperative’ For Rafale Deal
Contrary to the Indian government’s claims that this was a government to government deal, the document refers to Reliance as Dassault’s “Counterpart”.
An internal document of Dassault Aviation, accessed by French journal MediaPart has sparked a new controversy in the Rafale Deal.
The document reveals that picking Anil Ambani’s Reliance was “mandatory and imperative” for Dassault to get the Rafale Deal.
Contrary to the Indian government’s claims that this was a government to government deal, the document refers to Reliance as Dassault’s “counterpart”.
According to the reports, alliance with Ambani-owned Reliance had been presented by the Narendra Modi government as a “trade off”.
In September, Former French President François Hollande claimed that the Modi government had left France no choice but to pick Ambani for the deal.
President Hollande was quoted saying, “We did not have a say in this. The Indian government proposed this service group, and Dassault negotiated with Ambani. We did not have a choice, we took the interlocutor who was given to us (translated).”
Earlier today, the Indian Supreme Court asked the Modi government to furnish details of the decision-making process followed in finalising the Rafale deal.
“We are not issuing any notice to the government, we only want to be satisfied about the legitimacy of the decision-making process,” the court said.