Supreme Court gives Clean Chit to NDA Government over Rafale Deal

Supreme Court has given a clean chit to Modi government for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter Jets. The three Judge bench headed by Ranjan Gogoi, find nothing wrong on the purchase of 36 fighter jet instead of 126 from France. The court gave clean chit on three aspects – Purchasing of 36 Rafale jets instead of 126. Pricing of Rafale jets and Selection of Indian offset partners.

The bench consists of Ranjan Gogoi as chairman and other two members S K Kaul and K M Joseph, gave clean chit on the issue of procurement of Rafale jets from France. The litigation had questioned the deal on the ground of pricing mechanism, commercial favouritism and procurement of less number of fighter jets. The petition was first filed by Advocate M L Sharma.

The petitioners demanded CBI to register an FIR for the said irregularities in the deal. The apex court rule has two main points – (1) It finds no evidence of commercial favouritism (2) It is not the job of the court to deal with comparative pricing mechanism.

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