Besides, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had concluded that the price of 36 Rafales was 2.86% lower than the audit aligned price, apart from additional benefits that would accrue.The CAG has acknowledged that the Rafale deal was a better bargain than the earlier aborted deal with Dassault for 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA).You may just be here to meet new friends or chat anonymously with strangers. If you have not done so already, please take some time to read the rules found on the main page and the reminders below.
The government dismissed allegations such as the “Reliance Group paid 1.48 million Euros to former French President Francois Hollande’s partner’s venture.” It said these charges were “matters of individual perceptions” of the petitioners.
It said DPP-2013 was followed and approval of the Defence Acquisition Council was taken for the procurement of the Rafale aircraft.
The Rafale procurement was on schedule with the deliveries of the aircraft commencing September, 2019 and training of the Air Force team had begun in France, the government said.
A series of reports published by The Hinduhad revealed that the PMO was conducting “parallel negotiations.” A Defence Ministry note that was published said the “parallel parleys” had “weakened the negotiating position of Mo D [Ministry of Defence] and Indian Negotiating Team." But the government denied any reason for objection from the Ministry.