Thread on #RahulKiDalali and how he compromised the national security

Not much noise was made about the deal b/w Dassault and Reliance Defence until July 2018, when the Indian Govt began processing bids for another set of 110 fighter jets for the Air Force and 57 jets for the Navy in a deal valued at close to Rs 1 lakh crore.

Accdg to officials tracking charges, they followed a secret meeting held in Washington DC where a couple of politicians &their aides came up with a ‘Rafale scam’ as an idea tht wud serve political interests & give overseas operators a chance 2 make financial gains

Frustrated over losing multi-billion-dollar deals, top global defence contractors are out to malign India’s defence acquisition process, argues an official close to the matter

Those who are trying to shroud high-value deals with suspicion, the official says, had sensed an opportunity in disgruntled politicians disposed to hurl allegations of corruption at the Government.

More meetings along the lines of the one in Washington DC had taken place, this time in Europe. More players interested in a large slice of India’s defence pie emerged in these confabulations.

A businessman of Indian origin with interests across the world, especially in Europe, also threw his weight behind this exercise.

ARMED with fresh inputs, Arun Shourie, Yashwant Sinha & Prashant Bhushan, launched an attack on the Modi Government &the PM for ‘compromising national security’—as they alleged—by reducing the no of jets to 36 from the original proposal of 126 in the Dassault deal

Displeased about missing big business opportunities, people with malicious intent are out to hurt the country’s defence preparedness, says a Defence Ministry official, who argues that the aims of this “conspiracy” are many.

The UPA in its two terms from 2004 to 2014 is said to have favoured arms agents and others close to the party establishment.

Some of the biggest beneficiaries of defence offset contracts at the time have been revealed to include Sanjay Bhandari, Sudhir Choudhrie, Vipin Khanna, UPA minister Santosh Bagrodia’s family and others.

According to officials pursuing these cases, Bhandari secured offset contracts worth more than Rs 6,000 crore when the Congress was in power through his company Offset India Solutions.

Bhandari, who is alleged to have stolen documents from the Defence Ministry to hand over to overseas defence players for hefty fees, is now a fugitive.

From 2005 to 2014, as officials estimate, the UPA handed out offset contracts worth Rs 80,000 crore.

Credence to this story also comes from the fact that Bhandari was director in Vectra Limited 2003 onwards.

This Vector Limited is new name of Tatra Vectra Ltd, suppliers of Tatra Trucks to Indian Army.

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