Asked why Dassault had partnered Reliance despite that company's lack of experience in making defence equipment, Trappier said: "Yes. But I have the experience. I am transferring this know-how and experience to the Indian team.
“Sherpa sent a letter to the National Public Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) conveying information from the Indian press by drawing the attention of the PNF to this case,” spokesperson for the French National Public Prosecutor’s office has said.
The complaint was lodged at the end of October with the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office, seeking an investigation into the circumstances under which 36 combat aircraft produced by Dassault Aviation were sold by France to India in 2016.
Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier Tuesday reiterated that his company had chosen Reliance as an offset partner, and denied allegations of corruption in the Rafale jet deal with India saying it was a "clean deal".
Dassault countered a report by French news portal Mediapart which had cited a Dassault document of May 2017 claiming that the Rafale manufacturer had told its workers it was “imperative and mandatory” to choose Reliance Defence as its offsets partner.