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RCom denies French media report on tax issue

The Reliance Communications has clarified that the tax issue of subsidiary Reliance FLAG Atlantic France SAS pertained to the year 2008 and had been settled as per the local laws, much before the Indian government decided to purchase Rafale jets from French company Dassault

IANS | New Delhi | Updated :

The Reliance Communications on Saturday rubbished a media report which claimed that taxes to the tune of 143.7 million euro were waived by the French authorities for a France-based company of Anil Ambani.  The report said this was done ‘just a few months’ after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the decision to buy 36 Rafale fighters in 2015.

In a statement, the Reliance Communications has clarified that the tax issue of subsidiary Reliance FLAG Atlantic France SAS pertained to the year 2008 and had been settled as per the local laws, much before the Indian government decided to purchase Rafale jets from French company Dassault.

According to the company, “Reliance Flag tax issue pertains to 2008, nearly 10 years old.”

“Reliance Flag says the tax demands were completely unsustainable and illegal. Reliance denies any favoritism or gain from settlement,” it adds.

The statement also said the Reliance Flag has settled the tax disputes as per legal framework in France available to all companies operating in France.

“During the period under consideration by the French Tax Authorities in 2008-2012 (nearly 10 years ago), Flag France had an operating loss of Rs 20 crore (2.7 million euro).

“French tax authorities had raised a tax demand of over Rs 1,100 crore for the same period. As per the French tax settlement process as per law, a mutual settlement agreement was signed to pay Rs 56 crore as a final settlement,” according to the company.

The deal for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault was announced in April 2015 during Modi’s visit to Paris.

FLAG France owns a terrestrial cable network and other telecom infrastructure in France.