That's pretty much how anything gets sold to the government of India. There is a well know "procedure" of doing it too. Western companies hire and pay huge sums of money to local consulting companies to do "Consulting" with the local governments. What the consulting companies really do is, they transfer that money to the officials in the local government and will in turn generate an invoice for the western company. So the transaction from the perspective of the western company selling any goods is "white". It just appears like the western company just hired the services of an Indian company to help them "figure out" the local market. Making it legal from the perspective of the western company. What really happened is that they indirectly just bribed the officials in the local government to purchase their goods. Some of these officials in the Indian government are Billionaires who have stashed away all their ill gotten wealth in Swiss banks, including many former Prime Ministers of the country.