The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the petitions on the Rafale deal saying it was satisfied with the procurement process. The bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogol was quoted by news agency ANI, “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.”
The top court had reserved its order on 14 November after hearing the petitions that alleged irregularities and corruption.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi has accused Prime Minister Narendra of his personal involvement in the alleged scam to benefit his businessman friend Anil Ambani.
The petitions were filed by M L Sharma, Vineet Dhanda and AAP MP Sanjay Singh. Former Union Ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, along with lawyer Prashant Bhushan too had filed a PIL seeking filing of FIR and a court-monitored probe into the deal.
In October, the bench comprising CJI Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph had asked the government to submit details on the pricing of the Rafale jets.
During the last hearing, the Attorney General had conceded that there was no sovereign guarantee from France on the deal, but he had added that India was given ‘a letter of comfort by France.’ To read about how the hearing into the case last month went, you can click here.
Janta Ka Reporter in its three part series last had first exposed the scam in the purchase of Rafale jets from the French company Dassault aviation. (You can read them here Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3).
Live Updates :
- BJP President Amit Shah: If Congress had all the proof then why did they not go to the Supreme Court with it? Their B team was already there. JPC is formed only when there is a discussion in the house(Parliament), I challenge Congress for a discussion on it
- BJP President Amit Shah:Suraj ke oopar kitna bhi keechad ya kitni bhi mitti ucchal lein vo swayam pe hi girti hai. Aage se vo(Rahul Gandhi) aise bachkaane aarop se bachein
- Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena: Supreme Court has said nothing wrong, deciding on pricing is not the Supreme Court’s job but similarly deciding on building Ram Temple is also not their job.
#RafaleDeal issue will be sorted out in Parliament and not in SC. (ANI)
- Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress: Our demand was for Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) and it still stands,main issue is pricing which SC said it did not want to comment as it is not in its jurisdiction.Home Minister is speaking on an incomplete judgement given on a PIL
- Randeep Surjewala: Article 136&32 are not the forum to decide the issue, the pricing, the process, the sovereign guarantee&the corruption in the Rafale contract.Only forum&only media is a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) which can probe the entire corruption in
- Randeep Surjewala, Congress on
#RafaleVerdict: The verdict of the Supreme Court today is a validation of what the Congress party stated months again, that SC is not the forum to decide the such sensitive defence contract. (ANI)
- Lok Sabha adjourned till December 17 after uproar over
#RafaleVerdict by Supreme Court (ANI)
- Anand Sharma, Congress: Supreme Court has not commented on many important aspects. We continue to demand a Joint Parliamentary Committee(JPC) on the
#RafaleDeal. JPC has the right to summon all documents. (ANI)
- Anil Ambani statement: Welcome judgment of Hon’ble Supreme Court today summarily dismissing PILs filed on Rafale contracts, and conclusively establishing complete falsity of wild, baseless and politically motivated allegations levelled against Reliance Group and me personally (ANI)
- Anand Sharma, Congress: There is no reason for PM and BJP Govt to celebrate Supreme Court order which in itself is contradictory. Honourable SC has said it won’t be proper for it to go into details #Rafaledeal (ANI)
- Saugata Roy,TMC : Supreme Court said what it thinks was right but the political parties demand a JPC probe into #Rafaledeal (ANI)
- Prashant Bhushan: In our opinion the Supreme Court judgement is totally wrong, the campaign will certainly not drop and we will decide if we will file a review petition
- Home Minister Rajnath Singh on SC dismisses petition seeking Court probe in
#Rafale deal: The matter was crystal clear from the beginning and we have been saying that the allegations leveled by Congress were baseless and to gain political mileage. (ANI)
- CJI Ranjan Gogoi says ‘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.’
- CJI Ranjan Gogoi says ‘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’.
- Supreme Court: 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.