The Dassault Aviation on Friday welcomed the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Rafale fighter jet deal, denying demands for any probe into the multi-billion dollar contract.
“Dassault Aviation welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court of India rendered today dismissing every petition filed on the Rafale Contract signed on September 23, 2016,” the company said.
The Dassault Aviation has won an Rs. 58,000 crore deal to supply 36 Rafale jets to India. The Congress has been saying massive corruption in the deal, a claim stoutly rejected by the government.
“Dassault Aviation takes the point of the Supreme Court conclusions setting up the absence of any irregularities in the decision-making process to purchase 36 Rafale, pricing of Rafale jets and selection of Indian offset partner,” the company said in a statement.
In a relief to the PM Modi government, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the pleas problem the deal between India and France for procurement of 36 Rafale jets saying there was no occasion to “really doubt the decision making the process” warranting setting aside of the contract.
The court rejected the pleas seeking lodging of an FIR and a court-monitored probe alleging irregularities in the Rs. 58,000 crore deal, in which both the countries have entered into an inter-governmental agreement (IGA).
A bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi dealt with “three broad areas of concern” raised in the petitions — the decision making process, pricing and the choice of Indian offset partners (IOP) — and said there was no reason for intervention by the court on the “sensitive matter” of purchase of 36 jets.
It stated the Indian Air Force (IAF) needs advanced fighter jets as the country cannot afford to be “unprepared” or “underprepared” in a situation where adversaries have acquired fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft, “of which, we have none”