New Delhi, December 14: Dismissing all petitions seeking a probe into the pricing of multi-million dollar Rafale fighter jets deal, the Supreme Court on Friday said there was no need to scrutinise the defence deal. A bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, said there was "nothing questionable" in the decision-making process for the Rafale deal.
"We are satisfied that there is no occasion to doubt the process.
Joint exercise has taken place and there is no element of financial benefits. Detailed scrutiny of RafaleDeal deal is not required," said CJI Gogoi, adding that it is not the job of the court to deal with the comparative details of the pricing. Justice Gogoi also said the court does not find substantial matter to interfere with the issue of procurement, pricing and offset partner.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government over the Rafale deal with France and asking why a 70-year-old defence public sector company Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) was ignored for manufacturing the fighter jet.
Gandhi has also questioned how the cost of one aircraft, which was Rs 540 crore when the UPA government had signed the deal, rose to thrice its value to Rs 1,600 crore under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the Centre.