Thursday, October 18, 2018

Former French air force official contradicts Congress on Rafale

New Delhi: Congress party on Wednesday held a power-packed press conference on Rafale deal where it showed a piece of document claiming it would "take the lid of Modi government's murky sweetheart deal in the Rafale Scam."
The press conference was addressed by party's communication in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala and senior leaders including Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, where Congress spokespersons presented a dossier of two documents from "minutes of the meetings between Dassault Aviation and two French trade unions".
Earlier French publication Mediapart also carried a news report quoting Dassault Aviation COO Loïk Segalen from one of these two documents without publishing the original document.
India Today has spoken to former French air force official and researcher Yves Pagot, who first published these two documents on his website Portail-Aviation.Com.
Talking to India Today from Paris over the phone, Pagot said, "In my personal opinion and going by the evidence which is available, I don't think there was any corruption or favouritism in Rafale deal."
18/10/18 Ankit Kumar/India Today