SC dismisses plea on Rafale fighter jet deal, says nothing to doubt the process

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed pleas seeking a court-monitored probe into the multi-billion Rafale fighter jet deal.

The apex court said it was satisfied with the process of the multi-billion Rafale fighter jet deal.

The Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, while dismissing the petitions, that they were satisfied with the decision making process into to the fighter deal.

He said “We studied the materials carefully, interacted with Defence officials, we are satisfied with the decision-making process.

While rejecting the arguments of the petitioners on the issue, the court observed that  it doesn’t find any material to show that the deal is replete with commercial favouritisms.

“We are satisfied that there is no occasion to doubt the process,” the court said.

“A country can’t afford to be underprepared. Not correct for the Court to sit as an appellant authority and scrutinize all aspects,” the CJI said while handing down the judgment.

The judgment is being seen as a big a relief to Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence.

CJI Ranjan Gogoi said “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 a sensitive issue of defence procurement.”

Delivering the judgment if it is proper to examine minute details on the fighter jet deal, the CJI Gogoi further said “we can’t compel the government to purchase 126 aircraft and it’s not proper for the court to examine each aspect of this case. It isn’t a job of the court to compare pricing details.”

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