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#Rafale: SC clears govt process, bins pleas

CJI Ranjan Gogoi says ‘there is no reason for interference in the choice of offset partner and perception of individuals can’t be the basis for roving inquiry in sensitive issue of defence procurement’. #RafaleDeal

— ANI (@ANI) December 14, 2018 The court said nobody questioned the procurement of Rafale jets when deal was finalised in September 2016. It added that questions were raised on the jet deal only after former French president Francois Hollande came out with the statement. This cannot be the basis of judicial review, it said. The court said it cannot compel the government to procure 126 or 36 fighter jets. That depends on its decision. The verdict was pronounced on a batch of pleas seeking a court-monitored probe into deal. The apex court reserved its verdict on the batch of pleas on November 14. Advocate ML 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 along with activist advocate Prashant Bhushan moved the apex court with a plea for a direction to the CBI to register FIR for alleged irregularities in the deal. (PTI)

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