The co-promoter of Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s UK company Backops Limited, UK received defense offsets under the UPA regime. Ulrik Mcknight became 35% co-owner of Backups UK, in which Rahul Gandhi owned a majority sixty-five % equity between 2003 and 2009 earlier than the firm was wound up. Mcknight later went directly to collect offset contracts from French defense provider Naval Group in opposition to Scorpene submarines in 2011.
Subsidiaries associated with Rahul Gandhi’s former enterprise partner obtained defense contract as an offset companion of the French company Naval Group for the duration of UPA regime, files accessed via India Today suggest. While BJP and Congress celebration were at loggerheads on the issue of Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s citizenship problem, documents released through each the parties have hooked up that Rahul Gandhi did open an employer named Backups Limited in the UK in partnership with a character named Ulrik Mcknight.
According to filings made through the Backups UK, Rahul Gandhi and Mcknight were the founding administrators of the business enterprise where Gandhi owned majority 65% stocks and Mcknight owned 35% stocks as on June 2005. According to election affidavit filed by Congress president in 2004, Rahul Gandhi declared movable belongings belonging to Backups Europe, along with financial institution stability in its three accounts. This enterprise changed into dissolved in February 2009.
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Rahul Gandhi has also been associated with an employer with comparable name Backops Services Private Limited in which his sister and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra served as a co-director. Rahul Gandhi in his election affidavit of 2004 declared that he owned eighty-three % shares on this Indian firm and had made a capital investment of Rs 2.50 lakh in the same. Incorporated in 2002, this organization was too dissolved later and its ultimate returns were filed in June 2010. However, Rahul Gandhi’s former business companion and his future businesses went to advantage from offset contracts given by way of French defense business enterprise.
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In 2011, as a part of its offset obligations, French defense production enterprise Naval Group (formerly called DCNS) had signed a contract with Visakhapatnam-based totally Flash Forge Private Limited for the delivery of critical elements for the Scorpene submarines being constructed at Mumbai’s Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL). The French firm changed into under agreement to paintings with MDL to build six Scorpene submarines under an agreement really worth approximately Rs 20,000 crore. In the same monetary yr, the Indian company Flash Forge received the UK based totally employer named Optical Armour Limited. Next yr in November 2012, two of Flash Forge administrators have been given directorship of Optical Armour Limited. On November eight, 2012, the day those two individuals assumed the directorship of the United Kingdom Company Ulrik Mcknight became also given directorship of the corporation. That’s now not all, consistent with the filings made through Optical Armour in 2014 McKnight became allocated 4.Nine% shares by way of the company.
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Flash forge received any other UK based organization named Composite Resin Developments Limited in 2013. In the identical 12 months, Mcknight additionally joined the enterprise as one of the directors along with directors from Flash Forge Limited. According to websites of Naval Group, their India partners encompass Flash Forge and CFF Fluid Control Private Limited (a joint undertaking among Flash Forge and every other French institution Coward). India Today couldn’t attain Mcknight for a comment, this text might be up to date if he makes a statement.
While Indian and European corporations associated with Rahul Gandhi have been dissolved before the French organization Naval Group engaged in a settlement with Flash Forge, the fact that Congress president’s former enterprise associate benefited via the European subsidiaries of an Indian offset partner which changed into contracted throughout UPA generation is certain to open a Pandora’s field.