Rafale deal Supreme Court verdict Live Updates: Congress President Rahul Gandhi questions PM Narendra Modi’s silence

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New Delhi | Updated: December 14, 2018 7:07:12 pm

Rafale deal hearing in Supreme Court Live Updates: The judiciary has "constricted power" to review the decision of procuring 36 Rafale fighter jets as it was crucial to the nation's sovereignty and the government has far "more leeway" in such matters, the Supreme Court said Friday.

Rafale deal Supreme Court verdict: Prime Minister doesn’t speak only Sitharaman ji and Jaitley ji speak, says Rahul Gandhi

Rafale deal Supreme Court verdict Live Updates: Congress President Rahul Gandhi today questioned PM Narendra Modi’s silence on the issue of Rafale deal and the pricing of Rafale is still an unanswered question.

The Congress President further said that Prime Minister doesn’t speak only Sitharaman ji and Jaitley ji speak, says Rahul Gandhi.

The BJP on Friday stepped up its attack on Congress and its President Rahul Gandhi after the Supreme Court gave clean-chit to the government over the Rafale deal.

Leading the attack in the Lok Sabha, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that Rahul Gandhi 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’,” the home minister said.

Earlier today, the Supreme Court dismissed all the petitions seeking court-monitored probe into Rafale deal. The SC said that there was no occasion to set aside the contract as the due procedure was followed. On pricing, the apex court said that it was not the job of the court to go into issues of pricing. It also said that it was up to the vendor and not the Central government to decide on the offset partners. The opposition has been attacking the government saying that the government favoured a certain entity in the deal.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had reserved its verdict on a batch of pleas in the matter on November 14. Hearing a bunch of pleas alleging criminality in the Rafale deal and seeking a court-monitored probe into it, the apex court had asked wide-ranging questions of the government on issues including lack of sovereign guarantee from the French government, selection of Indian offset partner by Dassault Aviation and need of entering into an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) with France.

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    19:02 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    How the price of each aircraft has gone up to Rs 1,600 crore from Rs 526 crore: Rahul Gandhi

    In the backdrop of SC ruling on the Rafale deal, Congress President Rahul Gandhi questioned how the price of Rafale jet increased up to Rs 1,600 crore from the previous price. "Our basic question is how the price of each aircraft has gone up to Rs 1,600 crore from Rs 526 crore," Gandhi told the media.

    18:46 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    PM doesn't speak, only only Sitharaman ji and Jaitley ji speak: Rahul Gandhi

    Addressing a press conference, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi doesn't speak and only Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley speak on the Rafale deal.

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    18:29 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Rafale verdict: Why fear JPC probe if your conscience is clean, NCP asks Centre

    The Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) on Friday said the Modi government should not fear a JPC probe into the issue if its conscience was clean. "Honourable Supreme Court is correct in not interfering on the pricing decision of #Rafale. If the Modi government is clean in conscience, why fear a Joint Parliamentary Committee? What are they hiding? #RafaleDeal #RafaleVerdict," Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil said on Twitter.

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    18:18 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Rahul Gandhi to address press conference on Rafale verdict

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi will address a press conference on Rafale verdict at 6.30 pm today, according to media reports. Earlier today, the Supreme Court said there was “no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the procurement of 36 Rafale jets from France.

    18:02 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Rafale Deal: Prashant Bhushan calls SC verdict shocking

    In a statement issued on Rafale judgement, activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan calls the Supreme Court's verdict 'disappointing and indeed shocking' judgement. 

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    17:13 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Rafale controversy was work of fiction: Arun Jaitley

    Hiting out at Congress and its President, Arun Jaitley said that the allegations on Rafale deal was a work of fiction writing that was compromising the national security. The Supreme Court today dismissed all the petitions seeking court-monitored probe into the multi-crore deal.

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    16:45 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Arun Jaitley reiterates Rafale deal is cheaper

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says that the current Rafale deal is cheaper than the previous negotiated one. He said: "All the figures by the govt are correct and all the figures by Mr Rahul Gandhi are false and I have justified it...The truth has only one version and falsehood has many. That is why Mr Rahul Gandhi quoted several figures."

    16:34 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Rafale Deal protected both security and commercial interest of India

    The Finance Minister today said that the Rafale Deal protected both security and commercial interest of India. "Security interest because it increases combat ability of India, commercial interest because the final price was significantly lower both for aircraft and weaponised aircraft than what was negotiated in 2007 and 2012," Jaitley said.

    16:28 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Rafale Deal: Arun Jaitley hits out at Congress

    After the Supreme Court verdict, finance minister Arun Jaitley said that the falsehood has a very short life. "In this case, it was a few months. Falsehood lowers the credibility of its creator," he said.

    15:26 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Attorney General KK Venugopal hails SC verdict on Rafale

    Attorney General K K Venugopal on Friday welcomed the judgement delivered by the Supreme Court on the Rafale deal. He said it was a clean chit to the Narendra Modi government. "Superme Court judgement on Rafale deal is excellent and I am extremely happy," the Attorney General said. 

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    13:43 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Why did you not go to the Supreme Court: Amit Shah asks Rahul Gandhi

    BJP President Amit Shah today slammed Congress President rahul Gandhi for making serious allegations against the government and Prime Minister Modi. He said: "If Congress had all the proof then why did they not go to the Supreme Court with it? Their B team was already there." He further said that Rahul Gandhi should apologize to the people of India and stay away from making such unfounded allegations. "JPC is formed only when there is a discussion in the House, I challenge Congress for a discussion on Rafale," he said.

    13:28 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Come with facts, we are ready to debate it in House: Amit Shah to Rahul Gandhi

    Amit Shah today challenged the Congress to come with facts for a debate over Rafale in the Parliament. Responding to a question on JPC, the BJP chief said that there is a procedure to form Joint Parliament Committee. He said: 'First there has to be a debate, and I challenge the opposiotion to come with facts and debate it in the House.' 

    13:19 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Amit Shah to Rahul Gandhi: Reveal your source of information in Rafale

    Amit Shah today said Congress President Rahul Gandhi should disclose the source of his information based on which he questioned the Rafale deal. 'Reveal your sources of information in Rafale deal. Now that the SC has put the controversy to the rest, Rahul Gandhi should apologise to the nation,' Amit Shah said.

        

    13:15 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Rafale verdict: Amit Shah slams Congress after SC verdict

    BJP President Amit Shah said that the Congress created Rafale controversy for political benefit. The apex court today dismissed all the allegations with respect to pricing, offset partners and decision making. The BJP President said: 'Supreme Court today said that the Indian government did not have any role in selecting offset partners.' He further said that the SC verdict was a slap on those who questioned the deal.

    13:02 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Rafale deal: How the whole controversy began

    In November 2016, the government infomred the Parliament that the cost of each Rafale fighter jet was approximately Rs 670 crore and that all aircraft would be delivered by April 2022. However, Dassault Aviation in its annual report revealed the actual price paid for the aircrafts was about Rs 60,000 crore, double the price the government stated in the Parliament. Follwoing this, a PIL was filed in the apex court seeking independent probe into the deal and disclosure of the cost involved in the deal before the House. 

    12:44 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Omar Abdullah on SC verdict: Can’t see how Rafale remains an election issue after this

    Former J&K CM Omar abdullah says that Rafale is no more an election issue. In a tweet, he said: "Can’t see how #RafaleDeal remains an election issue after this. The BJP really has the devil’s luck (relax I’m not calling you devils, it’s only an idiom) This #RafaelVerdict couldn’t have come at a better time after the electoral set back." He further said: "Have to ask whether the SC was the right place to fight this battle? Some fights are best fought in the political arena."

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    12:35 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Congress reiterates corruption in Rafale 

    Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that the Supreme Court had limited scope to go into the details of Rafale deal. He said that the court did not scrutinise the pricing of the jets. 'It's not a matter of national security, it's a matter of corruption,'  Surjewala said. He alleged irregularities while the signing of the deal and said the government did not full information to the court. 

    12:27 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Congress demands JPC to discuss Rafale

    Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that the party never belived that the Supreme Court was a forum to disucss Rafale deal. "That is why we never invoked the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. We went to Parliament and CAG to discuss the details of the deal,"  Surjewala said. 

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    12:20 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Rafale Deal: Uproar in Lok Sabha over SC verdict

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi tried to mislead public for political benefit, and maligned Indian image globally. "He Gandhi should apologize to the house and to the people of the country," he said. 

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    12:10 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Congress will continue to raise Rafale in Parliament

    Senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Friday said that Rafale issue was not over yet. "The apex court order is not a setback as the Rafale deal is still an issue in the people's court. And the party (Congress) will continue to raise the issue in the Parliament," Scindia said while speaking to reporters.

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    12:04 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Rafale verdict: Anil Ambani welcomes SC judgment

    Welcoming the verdict, Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani said: "...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."

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    12:01 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Nobody questioned the deal in 2016, says SC

    The Supreme Court on Friday said that nobody questioned the procurement of jets when deal was finalised in September 2016. The questions were raised only after former French president Francois Hollande came out with the statement but this cannot be the basis of judicial review, the court observed. It further said that it cannot compel the government to procure 126 or 36 fighter jets. It's entirely government's prerogative to decide what it wants, the court said. 

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    11:46 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Rahul Gandhi should apologise to PM Modi, says BJP

    Moments after the Supreme Court gave clean chit to the Modi government over rafale deal, the demanded an apology from Congress President Rahul Gandhi for levelling allegations against Prime Minister Modi in the multi-billion dollar deal. BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain hits out at the Comgress and said: "Every deal is not Bofors deal. It is the culture and tradition of Congress and its top leadership to mint money from such deals on the cost of country's national security."

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    11:26 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Rafale verdict: Key takeaways from SC verdict

    Procedures FollowedThe Supreme Court today gave a clean chit to the Modi government on Rafale deal for 36 fighter jets. It said that the government followed all the laid down procurement procedures while signing the contract. The Court upheld the deal saying there was no occasion to set aside the Rafale contract.

    No Corporate Favouritism The top court said that the bench found no substantial evidence of commercial favouritism to any private entity. reading out the verdict, CJI Ranjan Gogoi said that there is no reason for interference in the choice of offset partner and perception of individuals can't be the basis for roving inquiry insensitive issue of defence procurement'.

    Pricing - Not SC Job to Do Comparison The Supreme Court said that it was not the job of the court to deal with the comparative details of the pricing. The bench headed by chief justice Gogoi said that it did not find substantial matter to interfere with the issue of procurement, pricing and offset partner.

    11:15 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    SC verdict is against the interest of India, says Prashant Bhushan 

    Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who was also one of the petitioners, said: "SC verdict was not correct and against the interest of the country. The judgement is based on the sealed cover and we don't know what the government shared with SC in that sealed cover. It is surprising that the court did not go into offset partners."  

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    11:11 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Rafale verdict: Charges leveled by Congress were baseless, says Rajnath Singh

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh on SC verdict on Rafale deal said that the matter was crystal clear from the beginning and we have been saying that the allegations levelled by Congress were baseless and to gain political mileage.

    11:07 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Rafale deal: Storm in Lok Sabha over SC verdict

    The BJP legislators are demanding an apology from Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who had been spearheading the campaign agansit the Rafale deal. The House has been adjourned till 12 pm. 

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    11:00 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Rafale Deal: Can't compel government to purchase 126 aircrafts, says CJI

    CJI Ranjan Gogoi says that the bench 'can't compel government to purchase 126 aircrafts and its not proper for the court to examine each aspect of this aircraft. "It isn't a job of court to compare pricing details," says CJI.

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    10:56 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Rafale Deal: Supreme Court on offset partners

    Chief Justice  Ranjan Gogoi oberves that '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'. 

    10:50 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Rafale Deal: SC dismisses all petitions seeking court-monitored probe

    The Supreme Court today dismissed all the petitions seeking a court-monitored investigation into the Rafale deal. It also said that the bench did not find any material to show that there was commercial favouritism.

    10:48 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Rafale Deal: Supreme Court on procedures

    The Supreme Court said that the bench was satisfied that there was no occasion to doubt the process. "A country can’t afford to be underprepared. Not correct for the Court to sit as an appellant authority and scrutinise all aspects," it said.

    10:43 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Rafale Deal: Supreme Court on Pricing

    Supreme Court:  Not the job of this court to go into issues of pricing.

    On offset: It is upto the vendor and not the Central government to decide. Not the job of this court to go into it. 

    10:40 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Victory for government! SC upheld Rafale deal

    The CJI says that the government followed the procedures and there was no reason to set aside the Rafale contract. 

    10:32 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Rafale Deal: How government responded to Rahul Gandhi on pricing

    In a statement put out earlier this year, the defence ministry said that the demand to disclose the details and value of the contract for the Rafale aircraft was unrealistic. It said: 'In keeping with confidentiality requirements, the UPA Government had also expressed its inability to disclose the price of various defence procurements, including in its responses to Parliament Questions.' It reiterated that the deal secured by the present dispensation was better in terms of capability, price, equipment, delivery, maintenance and training than that notionally negotiated by the then government.

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    10:19 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Rafale deal: When Rahul Gandhi posed three questions to Defense Minister

    In a tweet put out last month, Congress President Rahul Gandhi asked the defence minister to explain the final prices of the jets and why was HAL sidelined.

    Dear RM, what’s shameful is your boss silencing you. Please tell us : 

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    10:16 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    What Rahul Gandhi has to say on Rafale deal

    Congress President Rahul Gandhi has been accusing the government of signing the deal at the higher prices. He also alleges that the government changed the contract and kept HAL out of the contract to favour Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence.

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    10:08 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Rafale Deal: Dassault picked Indian partner, says French foreign minister

    French Foreign Minister Yves Le Drian, who was the Defence Minister when Rafale deal was signed, has said that the decisiob to pick Indian offset partners was solely taken by Dassult and no pressure was put by New Delhi. In an interview to The Times of India, Drian said: "To be clear: in implementing the offsets clause, the choice of Indian partners (incidentally, there are about 100) is solely up to the French companies in charge of identifying such projects. This does not concern the relations between the government. No pressure was exerted on us in this matter."

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    09:58 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Rafale Deal: What government has to say on pricing!

    In a statement issued in February this year, the Defence Ministry said: "Provision of exact item-wise cost and other information will reveal...details regarding the various customizations and weapons systems specially designed to augment the effectiveness and lethality of the assets, impact our military preparedness and compromise our national security." It further said that such details would also come under the ambit of the security agreement signed in 2008.

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    09:48 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Congress MP moves adjournment motion in Lok Sabha over Rafale Deal

    Congress MP Sunil Kumar Jakhar today moved an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over Rafale Deal. The Supreme Court will today pronounce its verdict on petitions filed by activists, lawyers and politicians seeking probe into the deal. 

    09:24 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    What Supreme Court may decide today

    The Supreme Court's verdict in the Rafale deal will determine whether the pricing details will be probed. The court may also set out the nature of the probe, and the agency which will take up the probe. The judgement will also rule whether the government has followed all due procedure leading up to the signing of the deal.

    The court had taken note of submissions and counter arguments on pricing of the fighter jets with the petitioners alleging that the government has been giving "bogus arguments" and "hiding behind the secrecy clause".
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