New Delhi | Anil Ambani today welcoming the Supreme Court’s verdict on the plea seeking court-monitored probe into the Indo France Rafale deal.
Issuing a statement over the verdict Anil Ambani said,” “I welcome the judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court today summarily dismissing all PILs filed on the Rafale contracts, and conclusively establishing the complete falsity of the wild, baseless and politically motivated allegations leveled against Reliance Group and me personally”.”We remain committed to India’s national security and to making our humble contribution towards the Make in India and Skill India policies of the Government in the critical area of defence including our offset partnership agreement with our valued partner, Dassault Aviation of France,” he added.
Earlier the Supreme Court pronouncing the verdict on pleas seeking court-monitored probe into Rafale deal said there is no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the multi-billion dollar Rafale fighter jet deal with France
The Supreme Court said it is satisfied that the process for procurement has been complied with, and there is a financial advantage. CJI Ranjan Gogoi said that earlier deal was not forthcoming. And cannot sit in judgment over the decision to go in for the purchase of 36 aircraft in place of 126. CJI Gogoi further said that it is Not the job of this court to go into issues of pricing. It is upto the vendor and not Central govt to decide. The bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had reserved its verdict on a batch of pleas on November 14.
The opposition parties led by Congress have has raised questions over the involvement of Reliance Group in the India France Rafale deal. Among other allegations, the opposition alleged that Dassault aviation for paying 284 crores to Reliance Defence in Kickbacks to Anil Ambani’s Reliance defence in the controversial Indo-France Rafale deal.
India signed an agreement with France for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft in a fly-away condition as part of the upgrading process of Indian Air Force equipment. The estimated cost of the deal is Rs 58,000 crore.
The Rafale fighter is a twin-engine Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) manufactured by French aerospace company Dassault Aviation.