More skeletons tumbled out of the Rafale closet when French daily Le Monde’s reported that Anil Ambani’s French-registered telecom company was given tax waivers worth €143.7 million by local authorities, shortly after the announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to buy 36 Rafale jets in fly away condition.
French reporter Julien Bouissou took to Twitter with his report that said French authorities had found discrepancies in Reliance Flag Atlantic France’s overseas transactions within other Reliance companies. Alleging they didn’t follow transfer prices, French authorities fined the company twice, following two separate audits, for 60 million euros and 91 million euros.
After the first audit, the company had offered to settle the matter with a payment of 7.6 million euros, which the French authorities had declined. However, months after the Rafale deal was signed, this old offer was accepted by the French authorities.
So between February and October 2015, while the French were negotiating the Rafale contract with India, Anil Ambani enjoyed a tax waiver of 143,7 million euros from the French state. Quite a cozy deal, right?— julien bouissou (@jubouissou) April 13, 2019
The fresh revelations became fodder for not just the Opposition but also Twitterati. Congress’ official Twitter handle took a witty dig at the Modi government saying, “Modi to French govt: I'll scratch your back if you scratch Anil Ambani's.”
Keshav Chand Yadav, National President of Indian Youth Congress said “This is Modi directly benefiting Ambani for funding his elections and taking HAL to dumps.”
French Authorities waived taxes worth 143.7 Million Euros of Anil Ambani a few months after PM Modi announced his new #RafaleDeal— Keshav Chand Yadav (@keshavyadaviyc) April 13, 2019
This is Modi directly benefiting Ambani for funding his Elections & taking HAL to dumps. #ChowkidarChorHai!
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Journalist Vinod K Jose said this is a “globalised scandal”. “This story is here to stay for several years,” he tweeted.
This is huge! Truly, a globalised scandal—French taxmen waived off 143.7 million Euros for Anil Ambani’s business soon after Modi announced the Rafale deal, reports French newspaper Le Monde. This story is here to stay for several years.. https://t.co/VKd1kJ4qh4— Vinod K. Jose (@vinodjose) April 13, 2019
Other journalists also posed questions. “What do the French government & Dassault know about Ambani’s capabilities that his bankrupt businesses don’t indicate? Why did he get such special treatment from the French?” Swati Chaturvedi tweeted.
What do the French government & Dassault know about Ambani’s capabilities that his bankrupt businesses don’t indicate? Why did he get such special treatment from the French?— Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) April 13, 2019
Did Modi pay an exorbitant price for 36 Rafale to settle his friend’s tax liability in France, asked scribe Ravi Nair.
Modi’s Rafale scam is much bigger than anticipated.— Ravi Nair (@t_d_h_nair) April 13, 2019
AfterModi’s #Rafale36 scam, French authorities waived tax amounting to 143.7 million euros for Anil Ambani’s French Company.
Did Modi pay exorbitant price for 36 Rafale to settle his friend’s tax liability in France? https://t.co/kB6v9G2BsZ
Journalist Rifat Jawaid there’s “more trouble and embarrassment ahead for Modi and his crony Anil Ambani.”
Journalist Joy Das said if the electoral bonds BJP got were made public, one could get a hang of the money trail and corruption.
Anil Ambani saved 143.7 Million Euros as Tax Waiver from France after they got the Rafale Deal. His company with Zero Experience in Defence also got 21000 Crore Offset contract. Now just make public the Electoral Bonds BJP Got and you will get the Money Trail and Corruption https://t.co/hxn1op8d9O— Joy (@Joydas) April 13, 2019
Lawyer Prashant Bhushan tweeted “Chowkidar’s crony is a lucky guy.”
So, after French PM Hollande confirmed that Ambani was chosen as Dassault's offset partner for the Rafale deal on Modi's orders, it transpires that French authorities waived off 143M euros (>1000Cr) of tax liability from Ambani's French Company! Chowkidar's crony is a lucky guy! https://t.co/3HmE1vRhsk— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) April 13, 2019
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