French judge to probe corruption allegations in Rafale case: report

The National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) of France has appointed a judge to investigate corruption suspicions in the €7.8 billion deal with India for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets, French media reports said.

The probe came after French NGO Sherpa filed a complaint with PNF and requested a probe into the 2016 deal.

Reacting to the development, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on June 3 urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come forward and order a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale deal.

“Corruption in the Rafale deal has come out clearly now. The stand of the Congress party and Rahul Gandhi has been vindicated today after the French government has ordered a probe,” he told reporters at a press conference.

However, there was no immediate reaction from the Indian government or the BJP.

According to the media reports, the probe into the inter-governmental deal signed in 2016 was formally opened on June 14.

“A judicial probe into suspected corruption has been opened in France over the 7.8-billion-euro sale to India in 2016 of 36 Dassault-built Rafale fighter aircraft,” the Mediapart reported on the latest development on the controversial deal.

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