PM Modi worked as middleman for ‘friend’ Double A, Cong alleges referring to French news report


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NEW DELHI: Congress on Saturday raked up “startling revelations” made by French newspaper Le Monde, during which it says French authorities waived taxes value 143.7 million euros — over Rs 1000 crore— for Anil Ambani's France-based firm just some months after PM Modi introduced plans to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault.

Referring to the findings of the information report as a transparent indication that there have been “layers of corruption” within the Rafale deal negotiated by PM Modi, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala referred to as the Anil Ambani’s firm a “zero sum selection” which benefited and flourished because of “Modi Kripa”.

Turning the BJP’s marketing campaign slogan right into a jibe, Surjewala additionally stated corruption within the multi-crore deal was made attainable on account of Modi’s patronage. “Modi hai to mumkin hai,” he stated.

Based on the Le Monde report, Anil Ambani has a telecom firm registered in France by the identify of "Reliance Atlantic Flag France", which was investigated by French tax authorities and located liable to pay 60 million euros in taxes for the interval 2007 to 2010.

After the tax demand was raised by the French authorities, Reliance provided to pay 7.6 million euros as settlement, a suggestion that was turned down by the French tax authorities. The French then carried out one other investigation for the interval 2010 to 2012 and raised a further demand for 91 million euros in taxes.

In the meantime in April 2015, PM Modi introduced plans to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault. By then, the whole quantity owed by Reliance Atlantic Flag France (RAFF) to the French state in taxes was breaching 151 million euro ranges.
In a U-turn by the French authorities, six months after Modi's Rafale announcement, the French tax authorities accepted 7.three million euros from RAFF as a settlement, as an alternative of the a lot greater sum of 151 million euros.
On this foundation, the Congress has alleged that between February and October 2015, whereas the French have been negotiating the Rafale contract with India, Anil Ambani loved a tax waiver of 143.7 million euros from the French state, clearly pointing to Ambani being favoured by the French authorities, allegedly on the behest of PM Modi.
“Layers of corruption within the Rafale deal are getting unveiled. We need to ask the query whether or not PM Modi working as a intermediary for his pal Double A,” Surjewala stated, referring to Anil Ambani.