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Sanjay Bhandari sues French firm for unpaid fee in UPA period plane deal: Report

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Sanjay Bhandari sues French company for unpaid commission in UPA era aircraft deal: Report

According to a report revealed within the United Kingdom on Monday, fugitive arms seller Sanjay Bhandari, whom OpIndia uncovered of getting hyperlinks with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, has sued French enterprise Thales for Rs 92 crore in ‘commissions’. Bhandari has claimed the corporate owed the ‘commission’ to him in reference to a defence transaction signed in India a decade in the past, in the course of the UPA regime.
Bhandari, who is needed in India for violating the Official Secrets Act, is at present looking for asylum within the United Kingdom.
The contract underneath rivalry is a €2.4 billion contract signed in 2011 by the then United Progressive Alliance (UPA) authorities underneath Manmohan Singh to improve Indian Air Force (IAF) Mirage 2000 planes.
According to the report within the UK-based newspaper The Telegraph, the French firm is “facing allegations that it used a secret and illicit system of paying middlemen to secure lucrative international contracts.”
The Telegraph said that Bhandari claimed he “helped” Thales to “sell the upgrade of the Mirage jets by facilitating a meeting” with a high defence ministry official, citing court docket paperwork. He additionally claimed that he was entitled to a €20 million(167 crores) consulting charge however solely acquired €9 million (75 crores).
The fugitive arms lobbyist alleged that this was resulting from political elements in 2016 as a result of he was near the Congress Party.
He added that the ruling BJP celebration started persecuting him after coming to energy. He escaped to the United Kingdom, the place he’s combating extradition on ‘unrelated charges’ and claiming political asylum, in accordance with the British publication.
According to the report, Bhandari has described himself within the lawsuit as a “well-known commercial intermediary involved in arms and defence in India”, who has “worked with major international defence companies to assist them in negotiating arms contracts with the Indian Ministry of Defence”.
The case continues to be in progress, and a choice is probably going later this 12 months.
“Thales firmly denies the claims by Mr Sanjay Bhandari regarding the sums allegedly due or any other payments to him by Thales SA. Thales has never signed a contract with Mr Bhandari or his companies in connection with this project,” a report by The Print quoted the French firm as saying.
“Thales complies with the law and applies a zero-tolerance policy on corruption and influence peddling. The group’s integrity programme is regularly evaluated and amended to reflect changes in applicable legislation and best practices,” it added.
OpIndia expose on Sanjay Bhandari Rahul Gandhi nexus
Sanjay Bhandari is an in depth good friend of Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law Robert Vadra and an arms seller. From 2012 to 2015, Sanjay Bhandari was lobbying to turn into the offset associate within the Rafale deal and Dassault had refused to indulge him. In truth, a file associated to the acquisition of 126 Rafale jets had gone lacking from the defence ministry and it was later discovered on the street. It is alleged that Bhandari had stolen the file. It is alleged that Bhandari used to photocopy essential recordsdata and handed them on to defence contractors that he had hyperlinks with.
Until now, the hyperlink had solely been established between Robert Vadra and Sanjay Bhandari. However, in March 2019, OpIndia had completely accessed info that linked Rahul Gandhi to Sanjay Bhandari, via some doubtful land offers, thickening the cloud of questions. 
OpIndia revealed an article about Rahul Gandhi’s suspected ties with arms lobbyist Sanjay Bhandari in 2019. We accessed papers associated to the ED search carried out on one HL Pahwa on third May 2017 and 4th May 2017, which proved that there was a land deal between the Gandhi scion and HL Pahwa who was funded by one CC Thampi, who has shut monetary hyperlinks to Sanjay Bhandari.
Rahul Gandhi’s land take care of HL Pahwa
According to the recordsdata seized by the Enforcement Directorate from HL Pahwa, Rahul Gandhi had bought 6.5 acres of land positioned at Hassanpur, Palwal vide registration deed 4780 dated third March 2008 from HL Pahwa for a measly Rs. 26,47,000. The land was bought by making a cheque cost of Rs. 24,00,000 dated twelfth January 2008 and Rs. 2,47,000 dated seventeenth March 2008.
But, File C web page 57 of the seized ED recordsdata reveals that the stamp responsibility on this transaction was paid in money and was not withdrawn by Pahwa. It thus turns into apparent that it was the client, on this case, Rahul Gandhi who paid the stamp responsibility.
Another revelation within the file (Page 60 of File C) is that Pahwa wished to promote the land at Rs. 33,22,003 however agreed to promote solely at Rs. 26,47,000 to Rahul Gandhi.
After the startling revelation, the Congress celebration had admitted to the doubtful land deal, nonetheless, remained tight-lipped about Rahul Gandhi’s alleged ties with HL Pahwa, who, in flip, is linked to Sanjay Bhandari.
Bhandari stays elusive. In August 2020, ED had raided 14 places associated to Bhandari in connection to the Pilatus plane rip-off. He is underneath the scanner of the CBI as effectively for allegedly buying Benami properties for Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
CBI’s inquiry had discovered that in 2009, Sanjay Bhandari’s firm had acquired the kickback quantity via his Singapore based mostly checking account. From there the cash was laundered to Bhandari’s firm in Dubai after which, it was allegedly used to buy properties in London. It is notable right here that the Enforcement Directorate has already said in open court docket that Sanjay Bhandari was appearing on behalf of Robert Vadra for the acquisition of properties in London.