Rafale Deal, under which India is set to get 36 Rafale fighter Jets from France based Dassault Aviation, consumed much of politicians’ speeches during the 2018-19 elections. Petitioners, smelling a foul play in the deal by the then Government, wanted the Top court to probe how the agreement was signed with France.
However, dismissing any such pleas, the apex court on Thursday ruled in favour of the Government as stood firm to its December 2018 judgment. With this, the BJP, which was accused of crony capitalism through the deal, has got a clean chit.
Back in 2018, a bench of the top court had said that it didn’t find anything wrong in how the intergovernmental deal was signed. Thereafter, former Union Ministers Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and lawyer Prashant Bhushan moved to the top court seeking a review on the verdict.
The verdict was reviewed by the top court and as of today it, again, ruled in favour of the BJP Government.
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“We do not consider the submissions for the registration of FIR to be fair. The review petition is dismissed found to be without any merit,” said the bench consisting of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph.
India Has Received It’s First Rafale Jet
Between all the tussle, India has received its first out of 36 Rafale Jet from France in October. Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh had personally gone to receive the jet and also performed a Shastra Pooja.
The jet will strength the attacking and defending capabilities of the Indian Air Force.