MirchiPataka : Supreme Court rejects petitions filed seeking review of clean chit given to Modi government in the purchase of 36 fully loaded Rafale fighter jets from France. Also, the Supreme Court dropped Contempt proceedings on Rahul Gandhi for calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘chor’. The apex court also advised Gandhi to be careful in the future as he is a prominent political leader.
The Rafale is a twin-engine multi-role combat jet designed and built by France’s Dassault Aviation. Although India had originally initiated the process and held negotiations to buy a fleet of 126 jets in 2007 under the-then Congress-led UPA government, a final deal was only struck in 2015.
During PM Modi’s visit to France in April 2015, a government-to-government deal was signed for the purchase of 36 jets in flyaway condition. The decision has proven to be extremely controversial, with questions raised about whether India overpaid for the jets and if Modi broke protocol to benefit Anil Ambani’s Reliance group, which was then picked as Dassault’s main Indian partner.
These allegations and speculations are published in various newspapers and Rahul Gandhi when canvasing in Gujrat have publicly addressed this to attack Modi. Earlier this year Supreme Court deemed that a CBI probe inquiry is unnecessary and has given a clean chit to the Modi government.
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