Rafale Row: Dassault’s India Official Has a Twitter Meltdown

A Dassault official on Wednesday, 14 November, lashed out at journalists for questioning the aviation firm’s denial over allegations against the Rafale deal.

Dassault International’s Deputy Delegate Venkata Rao Posina tweeted angrily to journalists when asked about CEO Eric Trappier’s claim that he had chosen Reliance as an offset partner in the Rafale deal.

On Tuesday, 13 November, Trappier had denied the allegations made by Congress President Rahul Gandhi and said, “I don’t lie.” Gandhi had alleged that Dassault had invested Rs 284 crore in a loss-making company promoted by Anil Ambani, which was used to procure land in Nagpur.

Posina wrote to India Today journalist Seemi Pasha:

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"If you have proof, (then you can) argue. Don’t talk s*** about our company. We are not going (to) take s*** anymore." - Venkata Rao Posina

Posina accused another journalist Rohini Singh, of being a Congress supporter after she said that the only people happy with demonetisation were Dassault employees.

In another tweet, he hinted about journalists taking bribes.

Journalist Swati Chaturvedi, who recently won the Press Freedom Award for Courage, called out Posina for his comments and asked him why he was taking a political stand on the matter.

To this, his responded, saying he had “seen her (Chaturvedi) supporting Congress many a time.”

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This isn’t the first time Posina has stirred controversy. In 2011, Posina was accused of paying a Rs 20,000 bribe to IAF officer Alok Kumar Thakur, who was responsible for assigning exhibit space to vendors at an air show, The Deccan Herald reported.

Thakur was court-martialled from service in 2013 and Posina was banned from entering the Air Force Headquarters in New Delhi, according to a report by the StratPost.

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Posina’s outburst came amid a crucial hearing on the pricing details of the 36 Rafale fighter jets, which took place in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, 14 November, days after the Centre submitted the information in a sealed cover.

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