The Supreme Court in its verdict on Rafale deal today, gave Narendra Modi government a clean chit. The court who was hearing the case on the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, dismissed all the petitions seeking a direction to the CBI to register an FIR for alleged irregularities in the deal.
Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi led-bench said there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the multi-billion dollar deal. The court also said that there was no substantial evidence of commercial favouritism to any private entity.
The 3 judge bench, accompanied by Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, said that there has been a necessity for fighter aircraft and the country cannot remain without jets. In the judgement which was pronounced today, CJI said that the court found no reasons to interfere in the procurement process for the fighter jets. The apex court also added that it is not the job of the court to deal with the comparative details of the pricing.
After the judgement was pronounced Anil Ambani, who was accused of being favored by the government, released a statement: “I welcome the judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court today summarily dismissing all PILs filed on the Rafale contracts, and conclusively establishing the complete falsity of the wild, baseless and politically motivated allegations levelled against Reliance Group and me personally.”
He also said, “We remain committed to India’s national security and to making our humble contribution towards the Make in India and Skill India policies of the Government in the critical area of defence, including our offset partnership agreement with our valued partner, Dassault Aviation of France.”