Anil Ambani claims victory for company

Age Correspondent With Agency Inputs

India, All India

The Congress has been alleging that the government had put pressure on Dassault Aviation to select RDL as its offset partner.

Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani

New Delhi: Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani Friday welcomed the Supreme Court order on the multi-billion dollar Rafale jet deal, saying it established the falsity of politically motivated allegations against his firm.  In its ruling, the apex court said there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the procurement of the 36 Rafale fighter aircraft from France.

Dassault Aviation, the makers of Rafale, had entered into an agreement with Mr Ambani’s Reliance Defence Ltd (RDL) for fulfilling offset obligations.  “I welcome the judgment of the Supreme Court today summarily dismissing all PILs filed on the Rafale contracts, and conclusively establishing the complete falsity of the wild, baseless and politically motivated allegations levelled against Reliance Group and me personally,” Mr Ambani said in a statement.

The Congress has been alleging that the government had put pressure on Dassault Aviation to select RDL as its offset partner. The government, RDL and Dassault Aviation rejected the charges. “We remain committed to India’s national security and to making our humble contribution towards the Make in India and Skill India policies of the government in the critical area of defence including our offset partnership agreement with our valued partner, Dassault Aviation of France,” said Mr Ambani.

The French firm also clarified that RDL was among several other companies it has chosen for implementing offset obligations of the deal.

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