Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Dassault Aviation head arrested on bribery charge. MOD should put on hold IAF-Dassault-Rafael fighter jets deal -- Dr. Swamy writes to Antony MOD

Shri A.K. Antony February 26, 2014
Minister of Defence
South Block, New Delhi

Dear Shri Antony:

Enclosed is a copy of a news item from the Feb 22nd Hindustan Times, Delhi Edition, that states the French police had arrested Dassault Aviation Head for a bribery charge. Dassault has entered into a controversial deal to sell Rafael fighter jets for the IAF.

Since this news item brings prima facie the issue of a scam in the Rafael deal also, I urge you to put the deal on a hold till the Defence Ministry gets the full details, and takes a view on whether the deal should reacclosure or not.

Yours Sincerely

Subramanian Swamy