No probe needed in the Rafale Deal, rules Supreme Court

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NewDelhi : In a big victory for the Modi Government, the Supreme Court today dismissed the petitions calling for an investigation into the controversial Rafale Fighter jet Deal. The judgment was delivered by a Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph.

Delivering the judgment, the apex court has said that it is satisfied with the procurement process. It also opined that it was not the job of the Court to go into issues of pricing, or choosing of the offset partner. At the same time, the top court has underlined that the it’s the prerogative of the Dasault Aviation for choosing Reliance Defence as its offset partner.

A total of four petitions were filed calling into question the Indian government’s deal with French firm Dassault Aviation to buy 36 fighter jets for a total of Rs. 58,000 crore. There were six petitioners in all –  ML Sharma, Vineet Dhanda, Sanjay Singh, Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and Prashant Bhushan.

 

(With inputs from BarandBench.com)

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