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Supreme Court Busts Rahul Gandhi’s Lies on Rafale Deal

Rafale Deal

Finally, Supreme Court gave its approval to the Rafale Deal after a series of lies and fake narrative by the Congress Party and its President Rahul Gandhi. Supreme Court giving out its verdict on the Rafale Deal on December 14, 2018, clearly said that perception of some individuals cannot be the basis of fishing and roving enquiry by this court. Trashing the petitions filed for demanding a court-monitored probe into the Rafale deal, it further observed that there is no reason for the court to intervene into this deal of procurement of 36 aircrafts by the government.

The Apex Court has examined three major issues of the Rafale Deal.

1. Issue of Decision-Making
What the Supreme Court essentially said:
  • We have studied the material carefully and we also had the benefit of interacting with the senior Air Force officers. We are satisfied that there is no occasion to really doubt the process.
  • Broadly, Government has followed the process. The quality of aircraft is not in doubt.
  • We have been informed that joint exercises have taken place and there is a financial advantage to our nation.
  • The court observed that the initial Request for Proposal (RFP) of 2007 did not result in a contract and even the negotiation had come practically to an end.
  • It further said that there is no doubt about the need for the aircraft. The adversaries are upgrading their air forces with modern aircraft.
2. Issue of Pricing
What the Supreme Court essentially said:
  • Supreme court said that the government has not shared the pricing details other than that of the basic aircraft even to the Parliament. It has however shared it with Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) whose report has been examined by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Parliament.
  • Despite the objection of Air Chief Marshal on disclosure of pricing of Rafale aircraft which can adversely affect national security, the government has placed it at the disposal of the Supreme Court in a sealed cover.
  • The court said that it has closely examined the pricing details.
  • It is Suffice to say that as per the price details, the official respondents claim that there is a commercial advantage in the purchase of 36 Rafale Aircrafts.
  • Also, the official respondents claimed that there are some better terms in the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA).
  • Further, the Apex Court denied getting into the comparison of pricing of Rafale Aircraft in the present deal and in the earlier negotiations.
3. Issue of Offsets – Indian Offset Partner (IOP)
What the Supreme Court essentially said:
  • We do not find any substantial material on record to show that there is a case of commercial favouritism to any party by the Indian Government, as the option to choose the IOP does not rest with the Indian Government.
  • Court further said that mere press interviews (in reference to the Former French President’s Hollande’s Interview) or suggestions cannot form the basis for a judicial review by this court to look into the claims of Indian Government favouring an IOP in the Rafale Deal.
Conclusion

This verdict from the Supreme Court, which took note of government’s transparency in the Rafale Deal as it shared the pricing details with the court despite the contractual reluctance, puts all the baseless allegations into the bin. This is an answer to the leaders of the opposition parties, especially Congress President Rahul Gandhi who attempted to build a fake narrative around this deal. To gain the political mileage out of it, they even abused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and attempted to damage his reputation as well as the dignity of the post of Prime Minister of India.

 

(With inputs/texts from the Judgement of Honourable Supreme Court of India)

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