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Ratan Tata’s name in document seeking Netanyahu’s indictment: Israeli media

Industrialist Ratan Tata is said to be part of a project that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu pushed to help Hollywood producer Milchan. The project would have generated “a huge profit” for Milchan and Tata.

business Updated: Feb 14, 2018 19:09 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Jerusalem
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Muni World conference in Tel Aviv on Wednesday. Netanyahu said his government was “stable” and criticised the police investigation against him after detectives recommended his indictment for corruption, prompting calls for him to resign. (AFP)

The name of Ratan Tata figures in the Israeli police recommendations seeking to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on graft charges, according to an Israeli media report, which was dismissed on Wednesday by the Indian industrialist’s office as “grossly incorrect” in its references about him.

In the so-called Case 1000, the Israeli prime minister and his wife Sara are suspected of receiving illicit gifts from billionaire benefactors — Israeli-born Hollywood producer Milchan and Australian resort owner James Packer. Tata is said to be part of a project that Netanyahu tried to push to help Milchan, according to the media report.

“According to the police, the most glaring example of Netanyahu working against Israel’s interests to benefit Milchan was his efforts (to) promote a free trade zone on the Israel-Jordan border, a project the Hollywood producer sought to promote as part of his partnership with Indian Industrialist Ratan Naval Tata,” Ynetnews reported.

The project, which police noted went against the recommendations of the defence establishment, would have generated Milchan and Tata “a huge profit”, but ended up being scrapped because it would’ve cost the state an unreasonable amount in security expenses, the news portal said.

Commenting on the news report, Tata’s office told PTI that it’s “grossly incorrect in its references about Mr. Ratan N. Tata”.

Last year, the Israeli media reported that Tata “testified” before the Israeli police in connection with these allegations during his trip to Tel Aviv in October-November on the sidelines of a business event.

A statement emailed to PTI by Tata’s office did not deny the meeting between him and the Israeli officials. But it said the reports in the Israeli media on the contents of the meeting are “factually incorrect and appear to have been motivated”.

First Published: Feb 14, 2018 19:02 IST