Rafale deal: Defence procurement policy to blame for Reliance row?

Presence of Reliance Defence in Rafale deal has been hot potato in politics for several months with the Opposition crying foul. While the Congress has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of corruption, the Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its judgment whether the Rafale deal calls for a probe.

At the centre of this controversy lies the decision of making Reliance Defence of industrialist Anil Ambani an offset partner of the Dassault Aviation, the manufacturer of Rafale fighter jets. There is also an issue of pricing but Reliance as offset partner of Dassault in Rafale deal has made the maximum noise.

So, why Reliance features in Rafale deal 

The Dassault Aviation, the Reliance Defence and the Modi government all have maintained that the company was chosen as an offset partner by the Rafale manufacturer. The Dassault is required under the Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) to engage with an Indian partner for manufacturing some defence equipment under Make In India initiative. Read More

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