In what qualifies as a win for BJP-led Centre, the Supreme Court refused to change its December 2018 order, in which it had dismissed pleas seeking an investigation into how the deal for 36 Rafale jets was signed with France's Dassault Aviation.
The Centre was accused of crony capitalism through the deal, but SC remained convinced this isn't the case.
Meanwhile, Justice Joseph said CBI can act on complaints
However, Justice Joseph offered a separate opinion on pleas, even though the bench unanimously rejected them. He said just because the court has junked the requests, it "does not preclude the Central Board of Investigation (CBI) from taking steps on complaints received."
Rafale will be used for self-defense, Rajnath had said
"The combat capability of India definitely increases after the acquisition of the Rafale jet. But it is not from the perspective of attack. It is for self-defense," Singh had said while crediting Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the induction of Rafale jets into IAF's fleet.