The Ministry of Defence today has strongly rejected French newspaper Le Monde’s report that authorities waived off taxes worth 143.7 million euros in favour of Ambani’s telecom firm ‘Reliance Atlantic Flag France’ after the announcement of the Rafale jet deal in 2015.
Dismissing the allegations, the Ministry of Defence in a statement said, ”We’ve seen reports drawing conjectural connection between tax exemption to a private company and procurement of Rafale jets by Government of India. Neither the period of tax concession nor subject matter of concession relate to Rafale procurement,concluded in present Government’s tenure.”
It added,”Any connections drawn between the tax issue and the Rafale matter is totally inaccurate, tendentious and is a mischievous attempt to disinform.”
Earlier in the day, Reliance Communication had also released a statement denying any ‘favouritism or gain’ from French authorities. “The tax demands were completely unsuitable and illegal,” the statement said. It claimed that the tax disputes were settled ‘as per legal framework in France available to all companies operating in France.