Rafale Row Highlights: Defence Minister's Trip To France Part Of "Cover-Up", Says Rahul Gandhi

The article uses the French word 'contrepartie' to describe Reliance being made the offset partner, which when translated to English, means "counterpart".

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Rafale Row Highlights: Defence Minister's Trip To France Part Of 'Cover-Up', Says Rahul Gandhi

Rafale deal: Modi government has signed a deal to procure 36 Rafale jets from Dassault Aviation.

New Delhi: 

An internal document of Dassault Aviation, the makers of the Rafale fighters, shows that the French firm chose to engage Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as the offset partner in India to win the Rafale deal, according to a report by French investigative journal Mediapart.

The Mediapart article says the document shows a top Dassault official, Loik Segalen, had explained to its staff on May 11, 2017, that the joint venture was a "trade-off", that was "imperative and mandatory" to win the Rafale deal.

Dassault Aviation, however, has denied the report. "This joint-venture, Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd (DRAL), was created February 10, 2017. Other partnerships have been signed with other companies such as BTSL, DEFSYS, Kinetic, Mahindra, Maini, SAMTEL,... Other negotiations are ongoing with a hundred-odd other potential partners," Dassault said in a press release.

The new allegations surfaced on a day when Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was headed to France where she will visit a Dassault factory where the 36 Rafale aircraft are being manufactured for India. Ms Sitharaman will also meet her French counterpart, Florence Parly.

Here are the highlights of the story:


Oct 11, 2018
20:31 (IST)
In France, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has refuted arguments that the government was pushing for the Anil Ambani group to be joint venture partner in the Rafale deal. According to Ms Sitharaman, the government of India did not need to be aware of the name of the companies involved in the offset component of the deal.

"It's a government to government agreement between French and Indian governments. There is no name mentioned and this offset obligation maybe mandatory but the names of the company are not mandatory for me. As for the visit to Dassault, it's an invitation and also am a buyer so I would definitely go and see,'' she told NDTV
Oct 11, 2018
16:37 (IST)
"You have jeapordised the national security of the country," he said
Oct 11, 2018
16:36 (IST)
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said that the Indian Air Force chief said Rafale is a game changer, asking if Rahul Gandhi should be believed or the Air Force chief
Oct 11, 2018
14:55 (IST)
Oct 11, 2018
14:19 (IST)
BJP National Spokesperson Sambit Patra to address a press conference at 3:30 PM
Oct 11, 2018
13:43 (IST)
Oct 11, 2018
13:14 (IST)

  • I told (Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley, that let us set up a JPC and probe the Rafale deal... the facts will automatically be revealed... they ran away... they literally ran away...
  • So, the youth, farmers, small traders of India, let me tell you this, that the prime minister of India did "chowkidaari" for Anil Ambani... and in turn looted the money allocated for the Indian Air Force and paid Anil Ambani the money.
  • And this is not the only case... in time we will let you know of other such cases where the prime minister is directly involved in corruption.
Oct 11, 2018
13:07 (IST)

  • No less than a former French President has stated that the PM of India is corrupt. The media that is questioning this is being suppressed
  • Dassault is sitting on a huge contract. Dassault will say what the Indian govt wants it to say. Their internal document clearly stated that PM has said without this compensation the deal will not be done

Oct 11, 2018
12:52 (IST)
Oct 11, 2018
12:52 (IST)
  • Rafale company's senior executive has clearly stated that choosing Anil Ambani's company was a compensation for the purchase of Rafale
  • They have admitted that it was 'imperative and obligatory' for Dassault Aviation to accept this compensation in order to obtain Rafale contract
Oct 11, 2018
12:49 (IST)
Narendra Modi has benefited Anil Anbani: Rahul Gandhi

  • Anil Ambani who never made a plane in his life - is now under debt. There cannot be a clearer case of corruption than this. PM Modi has put the Air Force's money and the nation's money in (Anil) Ambani's pocket.
  • PM said he wanted to become chowkidaar (watchman). French President Macron personally told me that there is no secret understanding in the Rafale deal.
Oct 11, 2018
12:44 (IST)
Oct 11, 2018
12:43 (IST)


  • First the (former) French President said that Anil Ambani should get the Rafale deal. Now a senior executive from Rafale has confirmed this.
  • The executive, Dassault Aviation's second most powerful, said: "It was imperative and obligatory to obtain the deal." 
Oct 11, 2018
12:37 (IST)
Rahul Gandhi is addressing a press conference on new report on Rafale
Oct 11, 2018
11:17 (IST)
Oct 11, 2018
11:17 (IST)
The previous Congress-led UPA government had negotiated with Dassault for 126 Rafale jets under which 18 jets were to be sent in a fly-away condition and 108 were to be assembled in India by HAL. The deal was scrapped. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the new deal for 36 Rafale jets after holding talks in Paris with then president Hollande.
Oct 11, 2018
10:46 (IST)
The new allegations surfaced on a day when Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was headed to France where she will visit a Dassault factory where the 36 Rafale aircraft are being manufactured for India. Ms Sitharaman will also meet her French counterpart, Florence Parly.
Oct 11, 2018
10:46 (IST)
Dassault Aviation, however, has denied the report. "This joint-venture, Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd (DRAL), was created February 10, 2017. Other partnerships have been signed with other companies such as BTSL, DEFSYS, Kinetic, Mahindra, Maini, SAMTEL,... Other negotiations are ongoing with a hundred-odd other potential partners," Dassault said in a press release.
Oct 11, 2018
10:46 (IST)
The Mediapart article says the document shows a top Dassault official, Loik Segalen, had explained to its staff on May 11, 2017, that the joint venture was a "trade-off", that was "imperative and mandatory" to win the Rafale deal.
Oct 11, 2018
10:46 (IST)
An internal document of Dassault Aviation, the makers of the Rafale fighters, shows that the French firm chose to engage Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as the offset partner in India to win the Rafale deal, according to a report by French investigative journal Mediapart.
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