Now, who are interested to discuss Rafale?The Three-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court consisting of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice SK Kaul and Justice KM Joseph has dismissed a group of petitions seeking an independent probe into the 2015 Rafale deal, acording a clean chit in all respects- decision-making, pricing and procurement procedure. The Bench has stated that individual perception cannot influence the court into intervening. Further, the Bench has also clarified that the limits of judicial review in respect of defence procurements have to be determined upon a consideration of the individual facts and circumstances.
The Bench has also clearly stated that the Supreme Court cannot decide on the wisdom to purchase 36 fighter jets in fly-away condition as against the earlier deal for 126 jets.
The judgment of the Bench including Chief Justice Gogoi and Justice Kurien is a very tight slap on the face of opposition parties and their favourite journalists.
But I feel that it is now time to discuss how much harm has this controversy caused to the country's defence preparedness. Who are now interested to discuss Rafale agreement (not deal) and the dubious role of those anti-national political leaders and journalists?