Ratan Tata’s name crops up in PM Netanyahu’s alleged dealing case


Indian billionaire and industrialist Ratan Tata figures in the Israeli police recommendations seeking to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on graft charges, according to an Israeli media report, which was dismissed by the Indian industrialist’s office as “grossly incorrect” in its references about him.


In the so-called Case 1000, in which Mr Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, are suspected of receiving illicit gifts from billionaire benefactors, Israeli-born Hollywood producer Milchan and Australian resort owner James Packer, the Indian industrialist is also said to be a part of a project that the Israeli leader tried to push forward to help Milchan.


The project, which police noted went against the recommendations of the defence establishment, would have generated Milchan and Tata “a huge profit”, but ended up being scrapped because it would’ve cost the state an unreasonable amount in security expenses, a news portal said.


Commenting on the news report, the Indian industrialist’s office on Wednesday told PTI that it’s “grossly incorrect in its references about Mr Ratan N. Tata.”


A statement emailed to PTI by Mr Tata’s office did not deny the meeting between him and the Israeli officials. But it said the reports in the Israeli media on the contents of the meeting are “factually incorrect and appear to have been motivated.”


(News source –The Hindu)