Here is an official STATEMENT from RELIANCE DEFENCE on the Press Briefing held today by the Congress President Mr. Rahul Gandhi on the Rafale
A Reliance Defence Spokesperson said…
“Purported email being referred by the Congress Party is regarding the discussion between Airbus and Reliance Defence regarding Civil & Defence Helicopter Programs under ‘Make in India”
Discussion on proposed MoU was clearly with reference to cooperation between Airbus Helicopter and Reliance. It had NO connection whatsoever with Government to Government Agreement between France and India for 36 Rafale aircraft.
It is in public domain that Airbus Helicopter has partnered with Mahindra for the Military Helicopter Program.
Also, for the record, MoU for Rafale aircraft was signed between France and India on 25 January 2016 and not in April 2015.
From the above, it is evident that the facts are being deliberately twisted and reality being ignored.”
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 15 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.