Never Politicise Defence & National Security: Rajnath Singh Extols Rafale Transparency

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Reacting to the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the Rafale review petitions on Thursday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh wholeheartedly welcomed the verdict.

Written By Akhil Oka | Mumbai | Updated On:

Reacting to the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the Rafale review petitions on Thursday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh welcomed the verdict. Contending that the SC had given its stamp of approval on the government’s transparency and decision making, he reiterated that the Rafale deal was done in a transparent manner. Singh maintained that the decision was taken in “national interest”. Moreover, he emphasised that defence matters should not be politicised.  

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The Defence Minister remarked, “The Supreme Court has given its stamp of approval on the government’s transparency and decision-making. The decision taken with reference to the Rafale jets was done in a transparent manner. This decision was taken keeping in mind the defence preparedness. This decision was in the national interest. And I think that matters related to defence preparedness should not be politicised.” 

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Rafale review pleas dismissed

On December 14, 2018, the apex court had dismissed petitions demanding a court-monitored probe into the intergovernmental deal between India and France to purchase Rafale jets from Dassault Aviation. The review pleas filed by petitioners such as Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie, and Prashant Bhushan asked for an investigation in the Rafale jet deal with Dassault Aviation. The SC bench led by Chief Justice Gogoi reserved its verdict in May earlier this year. While pronouncing the judgment, Justice Kaul said that the court found "no merit" in the review petition. The SC further added, "This Court did not think it appropriate to embark on the roving and fishing inquiry." 

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