/SC once again gives a clean chit to Modi Govt. on 36 Rafale Jets

SC once again gives a clean chit to Modi Govt. on 36 Rafale Jets

Shame on Congress – Highlights The court gave the clean chit on three aspects —
Decision-making process to purchase 36 Rafale jets instead of 126 by UPA,
Pricing of Rafale jets,
Selection of Indian offset partners including Anil Ambani owned Reliance Defence by Dassault. The Supreme Court Friday gave the Narendra Modi government a clean chit on the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France and dismissed all the petitions seeking a direction to the CBI to register an FIR for alleged irregularities in the deal.

Here is a look at what the court said-
* There is no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the deal.
* There is a necessity to induct fourth and fifth generation fighter aircraft and the country cannot remain without these jets.
* Not the court’s job to deal with the comparative details of the pricing when the need and quality of aircraft is not in doubt.
* No substantial matter to interfere with the issue of procurement, pricing and offset partner.
* No material to show that the deal is commercial favouritism.
* No wrongdoing in the selection of Indian offset partners by Dassault Aviation.
* Questions raised on Rafale deal only after ex-French President François Hollande came out with a statement, which can’t be the basis of judicial review.
* The decision to procure 36 or 126 fighter jets lies with the government, can’t compel the government.
* Nobody questioned procurement of jets when the deal was finalised in September 2016.
* Personal perception of people on the deal matters little but the judiciary has a very constrained jurisdiction in examining defence deals of this nature especially when nation’s adversaries have inducted fourth and fifth generation fighter jets compared to none by India.