Gupta, Mediapart says, appears to have accessed classified Defence Ministry documents between the years 2012 and 2016 and alerted Dassault about the Indian Negotiating Team’s bargaining points. Significantly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 had converted the deal into an inter-governmental purchase agreement.
The new revelations made by Mediapart can be summed up as follows:
1. The Indian Negotiating Team (INT) had fixed 5 billion Euros as the fair price for the 36 jets in fly-away condition. Dassault, however, quoted a price of 10.7 billion Euros for the planes without weapons. This was turned down by the INT. Even when Dassault reduced the price to 7.8 billion Euros, the INT did not find it acceptable. But in September, 2016 the Indian Government agreed to the new price.
2. While Dassault was paying Sushen Gupta from 2001 onwards, when the procurement of fighter jets was first announced by the Indian Government, Gupta was arrested by ED in the Augusta-Westland case called Choppergate. Mediapart accessed documents in ED’s charge sheet filed against Gupta.