Supreme Court to pronounce verdict in Rafale deal case tomorrow

Rafale deal scam

New Delhi, Dec 13: The Supreme Court is scheduled to pronounce judgment on pleas seeking a court-monitored investigation into the controversial Rafale deal case on Friday. 

The apex court will decide if a probe is required into the fighter jets deal.

Earlier on November 14, the bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice K.M. Joseph had reserved its order on pleas seeking a court-monitored investigation.

During the hearing, the government admitted that there was no sovereign guarantee by the French government backing the deal.

The court was hearing of a PIL filed by activist and lawyer Prashant Bhushan, former union ministers Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha, Aam Aadmi Party Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh and advocates ML Sharma and Vineet Dhanda in the 36 Rafale fighter jet deal with French firm Dassault Aviation by the Narendra Modi government.

The government had also explained the details of decision-making process in an affidavit filed to the top court, which was also shared with the petitioners.

The new deal for fighter jets by the BJP government replaced one being negotiated by the previous United Progressive Alliance government, the process for which began in 2007.

The deal took a controversial turn with the Opposition, claiming that the price at which India is purchasing Rafale aircraft now is Rs 1,670 crore for each, three times up by the Rs 526 crore, the initial bid by the company when the UPA was trying to procure the aircraft.

Apart from this, the opposition is also criticising the deal for the fact that one of the offset deals signed by Dassault is with a joint venture it has with Reliance Group owned by businessman Anil Ambani.

The opposition and various groups are demanding a joint parliamentary committee probe in the matter.

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