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.