On Friday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi accused Rafale fighter jet manufacturer ‘Dassault Aviation’ of paying first installment of kickback of Rs. 284 to Anil Ambani, whereas Reliance Group cited Rahul’s allegations as blatant lies.
Gandhi said while addressing a press conference, “Dassault gave Rs 284 crore to a loss-making company with a valuation of Rs 8.3 lakh. This is the first installment of kickbacks that has been given to Anil Ambani”.
He wrote on twitter, “Rs 284 crore of Rafale kick-back money has been traced to an Anil Ambani owned company. The stench of corruption is leading straight to the gates of Race Course Road”.
284 Cr of Rafale kick-back money has been traced to an Anil Ambani owned company.
The stench of corruption is leading straight to the gates of Race Course Road. #RafaleBribeRevealed
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 2, 2018
In response to Gandhi’s allegations Reliance Group said in a statement that Dassault Aviation’s investment of Rs. 309 crore in Reliance Airports Development Limited was done in full compliance of laws and it has no link with Rafale deal.
Reliance statement said, “Investment by Dassault Aviation in RADL, to acquire 34.8 per cent equity stake for Rs 309 crore, was made by way of FDI in September 2017 – nearly 14 months ago, in a transparent manner and in full compliance of applicable laws, keeping in view the management and development of Airport Infrastructure at five locations by RADL”.
It said, “We repeat it is a blatant lie to state that land at Mihan was bought from funds provided by Dassault”.
It added, “It is deeply unfortunate that the Reliance Group and its Chairman, Anil Ambani, are continuously being dragged into a political battle in view of the impending state and general elections in the country”.
In statement Reliance alleged that Congress has distorted the facts to mount campaign against the company and its Chairman. It said, “The Congress Party has today once again resorted to blatant lies and distorted facts to mount an unwarranted campaign of calumny and falsehoods against the Reliance Group and its Chairman Mr Anil Ambani personally”.