French judge to probe Rafale deal | Then the issue of Rafale deal in the headlines, which step of France increased the excitement in India? Rafale deal again in headlines, political row erupts in India after French media report
Then the issue of Rafale deal in the headlines, which step of France increased the excitement in India?  |  Photo Credits: AP, File Image
- The issue of Rafale fighter jets deal is in discussion once again.
- There is a report of the appointment of a special judge to investigate this in France.
- After this, the political mercury on this issue is on the rise in India too.
New Delhi : Many consignments of Rafale fighter jets have reached India so far and by April 2022 all Rafale fighter jets will be in India. Amidst the tension between India and China on the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh, we have also seen the power of Rafale fighter jets in these areas, which has created new tension for China and Pakistan. Meanwhile, the issue of Rafale deal is once again in the headlines.
It is also worth noting here that just before the 2019 general elections, the Congress had raised this issue vigorously. The matter has reached the Supreme Court, but after the decision of the court and the results of the elections, it went into cold storage. However, the Rafale deal is now in discussion once again. Congress is adopting an aggressive attitude regarding this, so BJP is also not missing any opportunity to retaliate.
With which step of France the political mercury rose in India?
After all, what is the matter, due to which this issue is once again making headlines in the politics of France as well as India. Indeed, according to French media reports, France’s National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) has appointed a judge to conduct a ‘criminal investigation’ into the Rafale deal with India, after which the political mercury in India is on the rise and Congress The round of accusations and counter-allegations has started between the BJP.
Congress has targeted the BJP-led central government by saying ‘the truth of Rafale deal will come out’, while the BJP has counter-attacked the Congress’s allegations, accusing it of trying to spread lies and confusion. The tweets of several Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Randeep Surjewala show that they are leaving no stone unturned to once again raise the issue and target the BJP.
PNF had ever denied investigation
It is worth mentioning here that in the year 2016, a deal was signed between France and India for 36 Rafale fighter jets. Under this, Rafale fighter jets were to be purchased from French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation. But this deal has been in controversy for a long time and allegations of corruption have been raised in it. Along with India, the issue of its investigation has also been arising in France.
Although the French National Financial Prosecutor’s Office ‘PNF’ initially denied the investigation of the deal, but after investigating a French investigative website ‘Mediapart’, finally PNF appointed a judge for the ‘criminal investigation’ in this deal. is of. In a report in April this year, the website had claimed that a secret commission worth crores of rupees was given to middlemen in the Rafale deal.
Dassault Aviation had denied the allegations
Dassault Aviation, however, had denied the claims made in the ‘Mediapart’ report and said that no such thing has come to the fore in its audit. At the same time, he also said that this deal was done according to the set standards and there was no violation of the terms of the contract. The website also accused PNF of hiding the flaws in the deal.
What is the Rafale deal and the controversy related to it?
It is worth mentioning here that India had made a deal with the French company Dassault Aviation in 2012 regarding the Rafale fighter jet, under which 126 fighter jets were to be supplied to India. For this, Daso had chosen Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) as its partner in India. By 2015, the deal was believed to be almost final. But then it changed.
The deal with Dassault Aviation for 36 fighter jets was finalized in 2016 and the French company chose Reliance Group as the Indian partner. Opposition parties in India made this a big issue and tried to capitalize on it during the elections. But the issue fell into disrepair after the Supreme Court order, which in November 2019 dismissed all the arguments of malpractices in the deal process.
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