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SC: No irregularities in Rafale deal decision making process

Legal News, Nation, (New Delhi), December 14:-The Supreme Court on Friday has said that there are no irregularities in NDA government’s decision-making process to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault under Indo-French intergovernmental agreement. “We are satisfied that there is no occasion to doubt the process. A country can’t afford to be underprepared. Not correct for the Court to sit as an appellant authority and scrutinise all aspects,” says Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court has dismissed all the petitions seeking a court-monitored investigation into Rafale deal.

There will be no special investigation team to probe Rafale fighter jets deal, says Supreme Court.

Advocate M L Sharma was the first petitioner in the case. Later, another lawyer Vineet Dhanda had moved the apex court with the plea for court-monitored probe into the deal.

AAP leader Sanjay Singh has also filed a petition against the fighter jet deal.

After the three petitions were filed, former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie alongwith activist advocate Prashant Bhushan had moved the apex court with a plea for a direction to the CBI to register FIR for alleged irregularities in the deal.

The Centre has defended the multi-billion deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets and opposed public disclosure of the pricing details.

India signed an agreement with France for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft in a fly-away condition as part of the upgrading process of Indian Air Force equipment. The estimated cost of the deal is Rs 58,000 crore.

The Rafale fighter is a twin-engine Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) manufactured by French aerospace company Dassault Aviation.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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