SC Dismisses All Review Petitions in the Rafale Aircraft Deal

The three-judge bench comprising of CJI Ranjan Gogoi, SK Kaul and KM Joseph in a unanimous judgement in the Supreme Court on 14th November dismissed all review petitions that seek court-monitored criminal probe in the Rafale deal case.

Crux of the Matter
  • The court said that there are no grounds for an FIR to be registered.
  • SC also rejected a plea that the inter-government agreement (IGA) had been invoked out of turn.
  • SC closed a contempt case with a warning against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who was facing the trial over his ‘chowkidar chor hai’ comment during the Lok Sabha campaign.
  • ‘Clarification on Offset Policy’, makes it clear that the government has no role in not giving orders to HAL.
  • Review petitions were filed by former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and lawyer Prashant Bhushan.

Rafale deal controversy is a political controversy in India related to the purchase of 36 multirole fighter aircraft for a price estimated at €7.8 billion by the Defence Ministry of India from France’s Dassault Aviation. The origin of the deal lies in the Indian MRCA competition, a multi-billion dollar contract to supply 126 Rafale aircrafts to the Indian Air Force (IAF). More Info