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French jet deal documents stolen from Defense Ministry in India

Staff Writer | March 6, 2019
Indian government informed the Supreme Court that classified documents linked to a multi-billion-dollar deal to buy French warplanes had been stolen.
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Asia   The Rafale jet deal has triggered a political controversy
"These documents were stolen from the Defense Ministry either by former or present employees. These are secret documents and can't be in the public domain," Attorney General Kottayan Katankot told the court, broadcaster NDTV reported.

The Rafale jet deal has triggered a political controversy in the country with the main opposition Congress Party accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of making the purchase at a three time higher price then what had been negotiated in 2014, when the Congress was in power.

Modi is also accused of favoring billionaire Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group while choosing a domestic partner for Dassault Aviation - the French aircraft manufacturer.

The Indian government has denied all the allegations repeatedly.

The government lawyer also told the top court that the country needed Rafale jets amid an escalation in tensions with arch-rival Pakistan.


 

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