Guwahati: The Anil Dhirubhai Ambani-led Reliance Group of Companies has despatched a three-page “cease and desist” notice to Assam PCC president Ripun Bora for levelling fees towards the group of “illegally benefitting” from the Rafale deal.
Reliance has denied the costs.
The deal will see France’s Dassault supplying 36 Rafale fighter jets to India and it has entered right into a three way partnership with a Reliance group firm to meet its offset requirement of the contract beneath which, in accordance to the Congress, the NDA authorities had paid Rs 1,670 crore a jet as towards the UPA-finalised value of Rs 570 crore for a single Rafale jet.
Like elsewhere within the nation, the Congress has been staging protests and holding information convention throughout Assam since August. Ripun Bora had led the protest in a number of districts, in search of a joint parliamentary committee to probe the deal.
The notice, served on behalf of three group firms, Reliance Infrastructure, Reliance Defence and Reliance Aerostructure Ltd, says, “As a cautionary measure, our clients strongly urge you to avoid, cease and desist from making any unverified, speculative, incorrect, false, frivolous, misleading derogatory and defamatory statements against them on such a sensitive subject relating to national security.”
Bora mentioned they may proceed to increase the problem as a result of they’ve sufficient proof to substantiate their case in a court docket of legislation. “I received the notice today (Friday). They cannot scare us by such notices. Reliance has illegally benefited from the deal. We will continue to raise the issue and will contest the case in court,” he added.