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Rafale row: Dassault CEO hiding truth, tried to muddy waters, says Sibal

Congress party has escalated its campaign against the Modi government over the Rafale deal in recent week

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Kapil Sibal

Congress leader and former Union minister Kapil has accused the CEO of French company of trying to hide the truth in the 2016 sale of 36 Rafale planes to India and warned that the company is "falling into its own trap."

"CEO has deliberately tried in recent interviews to 'muddy the waters' over the Rafale deal and now is trying to hide the truth. Unfortunately it is falling into its own trap," told reporters here Tuesday night.

"I would warn Dassault that the more they continue to hide the deal, the more likely it is that they will get into serious trouble in time to come," he said.

He said, "we are asking the CEO of Dassault not to muddy the water. We want an inquiry as there is corruption at the highest level in the deal."


Congress party has escalated its campaign against the Modi government over the Rafale deal in recent weeks, with its president alleging that the government forced Dassault to make its offset partner for the deal.

However, the BJP and have dismissed all the allegations as false.

Under Indian defence procurement rules, foreign companies winning contracts must "offset" or reinvest half the total value - in this case around eight billion euros - in joint ventures or purchases with Indian firms.

said he was also worried about "what is happening in the economic field and sought to know why the banks are selling their non-productive assets to two or three entities and who is backing the bidders.

"There are various forms of corruption, some hidden and some open.

First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 20:35 IST
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