Supreme court gives a clean chit to NDA government on Rafale Deal
"Can't sit in judgement over wisdom", says the Supreme Court-
NEW DELHI: Supreme court dismisses all the petitions which were seeking an investigation monitored by the court on the all important Rafale Deal. "We can't sit in judgement over the wisdom of purchase of aircraft," the court said. In a huge relief to the government, which has been constantly accused by the opposition, the court said on the choice of Indian offset partner: "We don't find any substantial element to show that there is any substantial favouritism."
There is "no reason for intervention by the government," the judges said. "It is not the job of this court to go into the differential pricing details, which must be kept confidential".
There were petitions demanding a court monitored probe into the Rafale Deal after the Congress accused the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of corruption and capitalism taking up the issue on a war footing. The government had asked for the court's expertise to review the Rs. 59,000-crore deal for 36 planes with French firm Dassault.
The verdict was given by a three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.