Dassault paid 1 million euros to Indian middleman as ‘gift’ Rafale deal: Report

NEW DELHI: The Rafale fighter jets deal involved a payment worth one million euros (Rs 8.62 crore) to an Indian middleman, which plane maker Dassault has not been able to explain to the French anti-corruption authorities, the country’s online journal Mediapart reported on Sunday. The Rafale jets are India’s first major acquisition of fighter planes […]

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Rafale Deal: Supreme Court allows use of leaked documents, dismisses Centre’s objections

NEW DELHI: In a setback to the Centre, the Supreme Court of India on Wednesday allowed leaked documents to be relied upon by petitioners seeking review of its Rafale judgement and dismissed the government’s preliminary objections claiming “privilege” over them. The Centre had submitted that privilege documents were procured by petitioners in an illegal way […]

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NDA’s Rafale deal 2.86 pc cheaper than UPA’s 2007 offer CAG

NEW DELHI: The Rafale deal negotiated by the NDA government to procure 36 fighter jets was 2.86 per cent cheaper than the UPA’s 2007 offer, the Comptroller and Auditor General said in its report. With regard to India specific enhancements, the deal was 17.08 per cent cheaper, said the CAG report, which was tabled in […]

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CAG Rajiv Mehrishi should recuse himself from auditing Rafale deal: Congress

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Sunday said Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Rajiv Mehrishi should recuse himself from auditing the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France because he was the finance secretary when the deal was being negotiated. It would be improper for Mehrishi to present the report in Parliament, the Opposition party […]

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Rafale is game changer, Supreme Court delivered fine judgment: Air Chief

NEW DELHI: Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa on Wednesday called Rafale a game changer and said the Supreme Court has given a fine judgment on petitions against the deal with France on the military aircraft. He also cautioned against politicisation of defence purchases, suggesting that this had earlier led to the delay in the […]

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Dassault Aviation welcomes Supreme Court ruling on Rafale deal

NEW DELHI: The Dassault Aviation on Friday welcomed the Supreme Court of India’s ruling on the Rafale fighter jet deal, rejecting demands for any probe into the multi-billion dollar contract. “Dassault Aviation welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court of India rendered today dismissing all petitions filed on the Rafale Contract signed on September 23, […]

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Supreme Court reserves order on pleas seeking court monitored probe in Rafale deal

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday reserved its order on pleas seeking court monitored probe in procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph concluded the arguments advanced by various parties which have also sought registration […]

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Rafale deal: India hands over document on decision process to petitioners

NEW DELHI: The government of India (Centre) on Monday complied with a Supreme Court order and handed over to petitioners, who sought a court-monitored CBI probe into the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, the document detailing the decisions taken to procure the aircraft. The document titled “Details of the steps in the […]

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Narendra Modi has much to hide about Rafale deal: Congress

NEW DELHI: Continuing with its campaign against the government over the Rafale deal, the Congress on Sunday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was directly involved in it, adding that he had much to hide about it. Questioning Modi’s silence over the deal, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma claimed that only the prime minister was […]

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