Prashant Bhushan, one of the petitioners in the Rafale deal, disagrees with the SC judgment
Anil Ambani issues as statement:
"I welcome the judgment of the Honourable 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 levelled 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."
Jyotiraditya Scindia in Parliament: It's not a setback. We will raise the issue in Parliament. Setback sirf janta ki adalat main hoti hai (Setback only happens in the people's court)
(Via a tweet, the Congress has begun a signature campaign on the Rafale deal)
Two major developments, as per sources:
The Congress will not adhere to the Supreme Court judgment and continue its Rafale campaign. It will continue to ask for a JPC.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley wants a Rafale debate in the Supreme Court
A number of reactions have come in following the massive verdict at the Supreme Court:
In Parliament, demands have been made for Rahul Gandhi to apologise ('Rahul Gandhi maafi maango')
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh: It was crystal clear before only. The Congress distracted everyone over Rafale. It's now cleared by the court also.
We were confident before itself. We knew it was a fair deal but the Congress only distracted everyone. SC has cleared today, not there are no ifs and buts.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted: Satyamev Jayate: Once again, Rahul Gandhi's blatant lies stand exposed. Supreme Court has dismissed any probe into the Rafale Deal. The entire nation has been lied to for political mileage #SCNailsRaGaLies
Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who was one of the petitioners, however, said: It's an unfortunate decision by the Supreme Court. In our view it is an incorrect judgment. We will see whether to file a review petition or not. But we can't stop this campaign
Supreme Court dismisses all the petitions seeking a court-monitored investigation into the Rafale deal.
No intervention of court in Rafale deal. Petition dismissed: CJI
We have examined pricing closely. Price details official responders claim better advantage . Not job of court to look into pricing. We say no more as matter has to be confidential: CJI
These are contract for defence procurements. Broadly process were followed. Quality of aircraft not in question. We can't sit in judgment for going to purchase of 36 instead of 126. Our country can't be unprepared for fifth generation aircraft of which we have none: CJI
On decision making process we are satisfied that no occasion to set aside the contract: CJI
Decision making process, pricing and choice of Indian offset are the three matters we had to see: CJI Ranjan Gogoi
We have first tried to find out power of judicial review for defence matters: CJI
Judges have arrived at the courtroom. Judgment is being pronounced.
Solicitor general Tushar Mehta representing central government, Prashant Bhushan and ML Sharma for the petitioners on other side.
Prashant Bhushan takes on the Centre on the Rafale deal, accuses them of having increased the price of the jets.
At 10:30 am, the three-judge bench of SC, headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi, will pronounce its final verdict on the Rafale deal.
The Supreme Court is scheduled on Friday, December 14 to pronounce a verdict on pleas seeking court-monitored probe into India's multi-billion dollar Rafale fighter jet deal with France. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had reserved its verdict on a batch of pleas on November 14.
Advocate M L Sharma was the first petitioner in the case. Later, another lawyer Vineet Dhanda had moved the apex court with the plea for court-monitored probe into the deal. AAP leader Sanjay Singh has also filed a petition against the fighter jet deal.
After the three petitions were filed, former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie along with activist advocate Prashant Bhushan had moved the apex court with a plea for a direction to the CBI to register FIR for alleged irregularities in the deal.
The Centre has defended the multi-billion deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets and opposed public disclosure of the pricing details.
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