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Cong says SC verdict not a setback, reiterates demand for JPC probe on Rafale deal

New Delhi , Dec 14 (GCCurrentAffairs) Contending that the Supreme court verdict on Rafale deal was not a setback but ‘ a validation of what the Congress party stated months ago, that SC is not the forum to decide such a sensitive defence contract’, the congress on Friday reiterated its demand for a Joint Parliamentary committee probe into the deal.

Talking to reporters here, AICC media incharge Randeep surjewala said ,’ the verdict of the Supreme Court today is a validation of what the Congress party stated months ago that the Supreme court is not the forum to decide such a sensitive defence contract.’

Reiterating the demand for a JPC probe into the issue, Mr Surjewala said, ‘Article 136 and 32 are not the forum to decide the issue, the pricing, the process, the sovereign guarantee and the corruption in the Rafale contract.

The Only forum and only media is a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) which can probe the entire corruption in Rafale Deal.’

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed all the six writ petitions seeking a court-monitored investigation into the Rafale deal .

A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, also said that itvdid not find any substantial element to show that there is any “substantial favouritism” in the deal.

‘It is not the job of this court to go into the differential pricing details, which must be kept confidential,’the three-judge bench ruled.

The government had questioned the court’s expertise to review the Rs. 59,000-crore deal for 36 planes with French firm Dassault.

There are numerous petitions filed before the top court seeking a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the alleged Rafale deal.

The petitions were filed by several prominent people — Prashant Bhushan, Manohar Lal Sharma, Arun Shourie, AAP MP Sanjay Singh, Vineet Dhanda and Yashwant Sinha.

The Congress has been accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of corruption and crony capitalism.

The Congress has alleged that the DNA government scrapped a deal for 126 Rafale jets negotiated by the previous UPA government and entered an expensive new contract just to help Anil Ambani’s defence company bag an offset partnership with the jet manufacturer Dassault.

Via UNI-India

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