In the ongoing controversy over Rafale Deal signed between India and France, a French media investigative journal Mediapart has found choosing Reliance was 'mandatory' for Dassault, but the company has dismissed the claims.
According to Dassault Aviation's internal document, the firm saw signing Anil Ambani's company 'imperative and mandatory' to bag the deal of 36 Rafale Jets, which India is purchasing.
Context: The purchase of Rafale blew into a political controversy
Former French President Francois Hollande, under whose leadership the deal was inked, in an interview, claimed Reliance Defence was 'imposed' on them, a charge the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Centre denied.
Hollande, himself is facing crony capitalism charges in his country, and his successor Emmanuel Macron said he didn't know about the allegations.
In India, Congress claims BJP favored Ambani and alleges corruption.
Investigative portal highlights presentation given by Dassault official
In its report, Mediapart detailed a presentation by Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Dassault Loïk Segalen in which he explained to the staff why setting up a plant with Reliance Defence in Nagpur was a rational decision.
The joint venture was described as 'contrepartie' by Segalen.
Segalen on May 11, 2017, had reportedly said it was a compensation to get the contract.
Further, Dassault says negotiations with hundred others are ongoing
"This joint-venture, Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd (DRAL), was created February 10, 2017. Other partnerships have been signed with other companies such as BTSL, DEFSYS, Kinetic, Mahindra, Maini, SAMTEL. Other negotiations are ongoing with hundred-odd other potential partners," the press release of Dassault read.