France: French anti-corruption lobby seeks to re-open probe into Rafale

Afresh move has been initiated by the anti-corruption lobby in France to force open a public investigation on the Rafale deal. A Paris-based activist involved in pursuing the case, on condition of confidentiality, indicated developments on this would become evident by the end of this year.

The move has been revived following the Comptroller & Auditor General’s critical remarks about unfulfilled offset obligations in the Rs 59,000 crore purchase of Rafale multirole combat aircraft for the Indian Air Force not being fulfilled and the sensational deposition to the High Court of London by Anil Ambani, confirming his precarious financial state as a businessman.

French anti-corruption activists were under pressure from the French government not to pursue the case. The French naturally do not wish to jeopardise a valuable contract for a struggling Dassault Aviation, a public sector company. But the question the lobby is asking is how the French government and its flagship defence firm could have chosen Ambani, who had no experience in air force hardware production and was veering towards bankruptcy, as an offset partner?

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