Rafale fighter jets
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We have no role in selection of Reliance Defence for Rafale deal: Govt

French journal Mediapart had quoted ex-president Francois Hollande as saying Dassault was given no choice but to partner Reliance Group

New Delhi: A day after former French President Francois Hollande claimed Reliance Defence was chosen as the Indian partner for the Rafale deal at the behest of New Delhi, the government on Saturday said it had “no role" in the selection.

The Defence Ministry said “unnecessary controversies" were being sought to be created following media reports regarding a statement purportedly made by Hollande concerning the selection of Reliance Defence as the offset partner by Dassault Aviation, the manufacturers of Rafale aircraft.

“The government had stated earlier and again reiterates that it had no role in the selection of Reliance Defence as the offset partner," the ministry said.

Also read: Dassault Aviation says partnership with Reliance Group for Rafale was its own choice

The ministry’s statement came a day after French publication Mediapart quoted Hollande as saying that the Indian government proposed Reliance Defence as the partner for French aerospace giant in the 58,000 crore Rafale deal and France did not have a choice.

Also read: Rafale deal: French govt says not involved in choice of Indian partners

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

Reliance Group companies have sued HT Media Ltd, Mint’s publisher, and nine others in the Bombay high court over a 2 October 2014 front-page story that they have disputed. HT Media is contesting the case.

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