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The multibillion-dollar Rafael deal between India and France: – signed in 2016 – for 36 French Rafael multi-role fighter jets has provoked controversy after a new judicial probe was initiated in France on June 14 amid “corruption” and “favouritism” charges.

According to reports revealed by French investigative website Mediapart, the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) of France has set up a judicial probe to examine allegations of political corruption in the deal.

This new inquiry is the result of several news reports published by journalist Yann Philipp of Mediapart in April – he claimed the first complaint was “buried” in 2019 by a former PNF chief.

Following this, a complaint was filed by a French NGO called “Sherpa” which works for the victims of financial crimes. It urged the PNF to open a judicial investigation into corruption, favouritism, and various financial offences thought to muddy the sale of 36 aircraft manufactured by aviation major Dassault Aviation.

As a result, a complaint was lodged by a French NGO known as “Sherpa” who works for victims of financial crimes. It called on the PNF to open a judicial inquiry into corruption, favouritism and various financial offences that could cloud the sale of 36 aircraft manufactured by Dassault Aviation.

In its latest report, Mediapart said that

The criminal investigation opened on June 14 and led by an independent magistrate, an investigating judge, will, among other elements, examine questions surrounding the action of former French President Francois Hollande, who was in office when the Rafale deal was inked, and current French President Emmanuel Macron, who was at that time Hollande’s economy and finance minister, as well as the then defence minister, now foreign affairs minister, Jean Yves Le Drian.

In an attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress politician Randeep Singh Surjewala alleged that the government led by Prime Minister Modi bought the jets at higher price prior to sounding the alarm about the offset contract awarded to a private company rather than to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in the public sector.

Corruption in the Rafale deal has come out clearly now. The stand of the Congress party and Rahul Gandhi has been vindicated today after the French government has ordered a probe

Surjewala said.

The scandalous expose of Rafale scam involving corruption, treason, loss to public exchequer has finally been uncovered.

Surjewala stressed that the French government has removed the anti-corruption clause – he therefore urged Prime Minister Modi to order a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) inquiry into the Rafale agreement.

Although there is no immediate response from the Indian government or the BJP on this latest development, many people have shared their opinions on social media.

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