In response to Rahul Gandhi’s allegations that Dassault paid Rs 284 crore in alleged “kickbacks” to a Reliance firm to purchase land near an airfield in Nagpur, Trappier said, “I am sad to hear that. We have had a long experience with the Congress.”
Hours after Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier, in an interview to ANI, denied allegations of corruption in the Rafale jet deal with India, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Tuesday reiterated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi snatched contract from HAL and gave it to Reliance’s Anil Ambani. “PM Modi went to France with Anil Ambani, snatched Rafale contract from HAL, gave it to him,” PTI quoted Gandhi as saying while addressing a rally in poll-bound Chhattisgarh.
Trappier Tuesday said that his company had chosen Reliance as an offset partner adding that it was a “clean deal”. He also said that the price in the contract for 36 aircraft was brought down by 9 per cent after government-to-government negotiations. “We chose (Anil) Ambani by ourselves. We are also looking at other partners. We already have 30 partners other than Reliance,” Trappier said.
In response to a question on Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s allegations that Dassault paid Rs 284 crore in alleged “kickbacks” to a Reliance firm to purchase land near an airfield in Nagpur, Trappier said, “I am sad to hear that. We have had a long experience with the Congress.”
On allegations of corruption in the Rafale deal, Trappier said, “I don’t lie. The truth I declared before and the statements I made are true. I don’t have a reputation of lying. In my position as CEO, you don’t lie.”
The political row over the Rafale jet deal escalated Tuesday with the Congress dismissing as ‘manufactured lies’ the claims by the Dassault CEO there was no wrong-doing and its chief Rahul Gandhi firing a fresh salvo at PM Modi. Responding to Trappier’s defence of the contract in a media interview, Congress chief Randeep Surjewala, “The nation needs a “fair investigation” and not “doctored explanations” on the fighter jet deal.”
” ‘Dictated Interviews’ and ‘manufactured lies’ cannot suppress the Rafale Scam. First rule of Law – Mutual Beneficiaries and Co-accused’s statements hold no value. Second Rule:-Beneficiaries and accused can’t be Judge in their own case. Truth has a way of coming out,” Surjewala said on Twitter.
He also said, “Fixed match between BJP Government and Dassault and PR Stunts of PM Modi and Eric Trappier can’t hide the blatant corruption.”