Indian Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, on Friday (May 10) reserved its judgement on controversial Rafale case. A judgement can be expected only after July 3 when the court reopens.
In its final arguments, the government on Friday (May 10) opposed reopening of the Rafale case and asked the Supreme Court to refrain from examining the deal as nowhere in the world do courts scrutinize agreements related to defence purchases. Earlier former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie and advocate Prashant Bhushan, filed a petition mentioning that the court was misled by the government ahead of its December 2018 verdict that effectively gave the deal a clean chit.
On 31 January 2012, Indian Ministry of Defence announced that Dassault Rafale had won the MMRCA competition to supply Indian Air Force with 126 aircraft along with an option for 63 additional aircraft. Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman denied the allegations of procedural wrongdoing and said that approval from Cabinet Committee on Security had been obtained before signing of IGA.
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