Supreme Court dismisses pleas seeking probe into Rafale deal

Supreme Court has said that there are no irregularities in NDA government’s decision-making process to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault under Indo-French intergovernmental agreement Supreme Court has also said that it is not its job to get into the issue of pricing.

“We are satisfied that there is no occasion to doubt the process. A country can’t afford to be underprepared. Not correct for the Court to sit as an appellant authority and scrutinise all aspects,” says Supreme Court.

There is no reason for interference in the choice of offset partner and perception of individuals can’t be the basis for roving inquiry in sensitive issue of defence procurement,” says CJI Ranjan Gogoi.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh says that there is no need of any committee, considering that the Supreme Court has ruled that there is no irregularity in the Rafale fighter jets deal.

Chief Justice further said, “we can’t compel government to purchase 126 aircrafts and its not proper for the court to examine each aspect of this case. It isn’t a job of court to compare pricing details.”

Supreme Court has dismissed all the petitions seeking a court-monitored investigation into Rafale deal. There will be no special investigation team to probe Rafale fighter jets deal, says Supreme Court.

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