‘I don’t lie’, says Dassault chief Eric on Rahul Gandhi’s allegations
Dassault Aviation Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eric Trappier rubbished allegations made by Congress Party president Rahul Gandhi that he lied about details of the Dassault- Reliance Joint Venture (JV) for offset contracts in the Rafale Jet deal. “I don’t lie. The truth I declared before and the statements I made are true. I don’t have a reputation of lying. In my position as CEO, you don’t lie,” said Trappier when asked to respond to Rahul Gandhi’s charge that Dassault was covering up for possible cronyism in awarding the offset deal to Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group. Rahul Gandhi, in a press conference on November 2, alleged that Dassault invested Rs 284 crore in a loss-making company promoted by Anil Ambani which was used to procure land in Nagpur. “It is clear the Dassault CEO is lying.If an inquiry starts on this Modi is not going to survive it. Guaranteed,” added Gandhi.