New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Dec 14: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed all petitions seeking an inquiry into the government’s procurement of Rafale fighter jets from French company Dassault Aviation, Live Law reported. Perceptions of individuals cannot form the basis of judicial interference, a three-judge bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said. Here are the LIVE updates:
-BJP President Amit Shah: We welcome the judgement of the Supreme Court, the truth has won. People were being misled by unfortunately the country's oldest party. It's a slap on politics of lies.
-Rahul Gandhi ji should apologize to the nation for misleading people. Want to ask Rahul ji what was the source of information on basis of which he made such big allegations?
- If Congress had all the proof then why did they not go to the Supreme Court with it? Their B team was already there. JPC is formed only when there is a discussion in the house(Parliament), I challenge Congress for a discussion on it : Amit Shah
-Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha: Congress President tried to mislead public for political benefit, and maligned Indian image globally, he should apologize to the house and to the people of the country. He thought 'Hum to doobe hain sanam tum ko bhi le doobenge'
-Anil Ambani issues a statement: "Welcome judgment of Hon'ble Supreme Court today summarily dismissing PILs filed on Rafale contracts, and conclusively establishing complete falsity of wild, baseless and politically motivated allegations levelled against Reliance Group and me personally."
The court said it was satisfied that the process for procurement had been complied with in the case of Rafale. Gogoi said the court cannot sit in judgment over the decision to buy 36 aircraft instead of 126, nor can it go into the details of pricing. It is not correct for the court to sit as an appellant authority and scrutinise all aspects of such a deal, he said, according to ANI.Gogoi also said it is not for the Centre but for the vendor to decide on offset partner in the deal, and it is not the court’s job to go into this either. The bench said it could not find any material to show there was “commercial favouritism” in the process, ANI reported.The bench said there has been necessity of fighter aircraft and the country cannot remain without fighter jets, PTI reported.Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph were also part of the bench that was hearing petitions filed by lawyer Prashant Bhushan and former Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie. Lawyer ML Sharma and Vineet Dhanda and Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh have also filed petitions against the deal.On November 14, the Supreme Court had reserved its verdict on the petitions, saying the pricing details of the deal need not be discussed at the time. “It needs to be debated only if the court decides that aspects on pricing needs to come in public domain,” Gogoi had said.The petitioner counsel Prashant Bhushan and former Union Minister Arun Shourie had questioned the circumventing of the procedure for aborting the earlier process for procuring 126 (18 in a ready-to-fly condition and 108 to be manufactured by HAL) fighter jets in favour of procuring 36 aircraft in ready-to-fly condition and unloading HAL as an offset partner.The four petitions seeking probe into the deal were filed by Prashant Bhushan, Arun Shourie, former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, advocates M.L.Sharma and Vineet Dhanda, and AAP lawmaker in Parliament Sanjay Singh.All the petitioners had broadly assailed the pricing of 36 fighter aircraft and the induction of an offset partner replacing the HAL.The Centre had defended the deal on the grounds of "urgent requirement" of national security and had justified the scrapping of the earlier deal for 126 aircraft as it was taking long to reach conclusion.