Rafael Deal; French judge to probe alleged corruption

The French government has announced an investigation into the Rafale deal with India.

A French judge has been appointed to head a probe into suspected “corruption and favoritism” in the ₹59,000 crore Rafale deal. The decision was taken to investigate the allegations made in the media in connection with the raffle deal. It will be examined in detail whether any illegal transactions have taken place or not.

The 7.8-billion-euro ($9.3-billion) deal for 36 planes between the government and French aircraft manufacturer Dassault has long been mired in corruption allegations.

Rafael was in a discussion after 2016. The Prime minister was announcing the purchase of 36 Rafael fighter jets after the visit to France in 2015.

Later, India and France signed up an agreement in connection with Rafael deal.

Shortly after signing the IAG between India and France, Indian National Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari demanded that the details of the deal be made public. Tiwari also alleged that the contract amount was increased from Rs 715 crore to Rs 1,600 crore.

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