Jerusalem, Feb 15: The name of industrialist Ratan Tata was mentioned in the Israeli Police’s recommendation to prosecute Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in two corruption cases, according to Ynetnews. However, Ratan Tata’s office dismissed the report by the Israeli media calling it ‘grossly incorrect’.
Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara are accused of receiving illicit gifts from billionaire benefactors, Israeli-born Hollywood producer Milchan and Australian resort owner James Packer. The report said that Netanyahu tried to push forward a project to help Milchan who ‘sought to promote as part of his partnership with Indian industrialist Ratan Naval Tata’.
“According to the police, the most glaring example of Netanyahu working against Israel’s interests to benefit Milchan was his efforts (to) promote a free trade zone on the Israel-Jordan border, a project the Hollywood producer sought to promote as part of his partnership with Indian Industrialist Ratan Naval Tata,” Ynetnews reported.
The report further said the project 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. Commenting on the news report, the Indian industrialist’s office today told PTI that it’s “grossly incorrect in its references about Mr Ratan N. Tata”.
Last year, the Israeli media reported that Tata “testified” before the Israeli police in connection to these allegations during his trip to Tel Aviv in the end of October-November on the sidelines of a business event. A statement emailed to PTI by Tata’s office did not deny the meeting between him and the Israeli officials. But it said the reports in Israeli media on the contents of the meeting are “factually incorrect and appear to have been motivated”.