The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed pleas seeking court-monitored probe into India’s multi-billion dollar Rafale fighter jet deal with France.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi gave the verdict on a batch of pleas.
“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,” said the apex court.
The Chief Justice also said that there was 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’.
“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 the court to compare pricing details,”
Advocate M L Sharma was the first petitioner in the case. Later, another lawyer Vineet Dhanda had moved the apex court with the plea for court-monitored probe into the deal. AAP leader Sanjay Singh had also filed a petition against the fighter jet deal.
After the three petitions were filed, former BJP Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie alongwith activist advocate Prashant
Bhushan had moved the apex court with a plea for a direction to the CBI to register FIR for alleged irregularities in the deal.
The Centre has defended the multi-billion deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets and opposed public disclosure of the pricing details.
India signed an agreement with France for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft in a fly-away condition as part of the upgrading process of Indian Air Force equipment. The estimated cost of the deal is Rs 58,000 crore.
The Rafale fighter is a twin-engine Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) manufactured by French aerospace company Dassault Aviation.
However the critics of Ruling establishment Quote the Extract of Rafale Judgement that says “26. We have examined closely the price details and comparison of the prices of the basic aircraft along with escalation costs as under the original RFP as well as under the IGA. We have also gone through the explanatory note on the costing, item wise. Suffice it to say that as per the price details, the official respondents claim there is a commercial advantage in the purchase of 36 Rafale aircrafts. The official respondents have claimed that there are certain better terms in IGA qua the maintenance and weapon package. It is certainly not the job of this Court to carry out a comparison of the pricing details in matters like the present. We say no more as the material has to be kept in a confidential domain.”
Quoting above Critics Query ” is this clean chit for Modi Government ” and “did SC categorically ruled is there no scam in the Rafale flight purchase process ..
Though SC dismissal of Former BJP minsters and others petitions gives a sigh of relief to ruling benches but it did not stop the opposition mainly congress that tasted victory blood in Hindi heart belt to train Rafale scam gun on Modi in the electoral field observes Political analysts