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Apr 13, 2019

Link drawn between tax exemption to Anil Ambani’s French company, Rafale deal is inaccurate: Defence Ministry

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The Defence Ministry said on Saturday that any connections drawn between the tax exemption to a private company and the Rafale aircraft deal is totally inaccurate, tendentious and a mischievous attempt to disinform.

This comes after a French newspaper, Le Monde, claimed that businessman Anil Ambani’s French company got tax waiver of 143.7 million euro around the time of Rafale deal. 

The Defence Ministry, in a statement, said the reports drawing conjectural connection between tax exemption to the private company and procurement of Rafale fighter jets by government are inaccurate.

It said neither the period of the tax concession nor the subject matter of the concession relate even remotely to the Rafale deal concluded during the tenure of the present NDA government. 

Congress has claimed that layers of corruption and money trail in the Rafale deal are out following a French newspaper's report that France waived off tax dues of businessman Anil Ambani.

Talking to media, party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the tax dispute was settled soon after the Rafale deal was negotiated by the NDA government.

He asked if this is not a clear case of quid pro quo in exchange for purchase of Rafale aircraft.

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