Today finally, the Supreme Court came up with their verdict and passed an order on a bunch of petitions seeking review of its December 14, 2018 verdict which had upheld purchase of 36 Rafale jets by NDA government from France.
A three-judge bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi gave a clean chit to the BJP government stating that the review petitions against the deal lacked merit.
Previously, the Congress Party alleged that the Modi government had signed a contract with France at a much higher price than negotiated during the UPA rule. Rahul Gandhi and other Opposition leaders demanded that the government must reveal the price of Rafale.
In December last year, the Supreme Court gave a clean chit to the government, ruling that there was no reason to doubt the decision-making process behind the Rafale jet deal.
What is the ‘Rafale Deal’?
The Modi government had signed an inter-governmental deal with France in 2016 for the sale of 36 Rafale medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) in flyaway condition.
The deal, however, came under intense critical investigation or examination after the Opposition alleged that Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Defence had been signed on as the offset partner by weapons manufacturer Dassault Aviation, even though the company had no previous experience.
Today, right after the verdict, BJP leaders started demanding an apology from Rahul Gandhi for misleading the people of the country.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharam said that there was a ‘motivated propaganda’ behind raising objections in the deal which has been defeated.
Supreme Court closed a contempt plea filed by MP of Bharatiya Janta Party Meenakshi Lekhi against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for erroneously attributing to the court his “chowkidar chor hai” slogan against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rafale case.
Later, to the decision made by Supreme Court, Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi demanded setting up of a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the deal.
He tweeted ”Justice Joseph of the Supreme Court has opened a huge door into investigation of the RAFALE scam. An investigation must now begin in full earnest. A Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) must also be set up to probe this scam.”