Home Fact-Check No, the Supreme Court order on Rafale deal is not a 'big blow' for the government, here is the truth

No, the Supreme Court order on Rafale deal is not a ‘big blow’ for the government, here is the truth

The government has got a chance to submit its response to the allegations before the supreme court

On October 31, the Supreme Court sought some more information from the union government about the Rafale deal responding petitions filed against the deal. The Court has clubbed recently filed petitions by Prashant Bhushan and Arun Shourie with petitions that were already filed in the matter.

The court has asked the government to submit information regarding the deal to the court in a sealed envelope, and also said that non-confidential information should be given to petitioners.

The opposition is celebrating this order as some sort of big blow for the government, implying that this will ‘expose’ the scam in the deal. While the opposition and left-wing activists are celebrating this ‘victory’, the fact is actually different. This is not a defeat for the government, and this is not going to reveal which is already not known.

- Advertisement - - article resumes -

This what the order of the 3 judge bench of the Supreme Court says actually:

While it is true that during the hearing the court had asked for the price and other technical details to be submitted at the court, it was immediately protested by Attorney General K K Venugopal, saying that these details are covered under the Official Secrets Act and they can’t be revealed. He informed that court that such information was not given to the parliament also. Responding to this, the court asked the government to file an affidavit stating that confidential information can’t be revealed.

The court has ordered the government provide the petitioners only those details which are not strategic in nature and can be made public, and asked the strategic information to submit in a sealed cover to the court.

This means, whatever information government will give to the petitioners, are already known in the public domain. In its earlier order, the court had asked the government to submit how the decision to purchase 36 Rafale jets was taken, and the government has already submitted that information in a sealed cover.

The court has asked the government to inform how the offset partners for the Rafale deal were selected. This is actually a victory for the government, not a loss. The government of India, apart from Dassault Aviation and the French government has been insisting that Reliance was chosen as an offset partner by Dassault on its own, and there was no pressure on them to do so.

Various spokespersons of the government are saying this on a regular basis, Dassault CEO himself asserted this multiple time, but the activists and opposition including Rahul Gandhi are ignoring those clarifications. Now, union government will mention in an affidavit submitted to the highest court of law that Dassault selected their offset patterners on their own. The government will also cite the relevant portions of the offset clause. These facts will form part of a Supreme Court documents, and to refute this, the opposition will have to bring credible proof.

Now, what is the proof that the deal was done to benefit Anil Ambani? The only proof that Rahul Gandhi has is that Anil Ambani accompanied Narendra Modi to Paris when the deal was first announced. That may be good enough proof for speeches and rhetoric, but unfortunately not good enough in a court. Dozens of other industrials were also part of that business delegation, and such delegations are a routine part of visits by heads of governments/states. No crime can be proved by such things.

Therefore, the petitioners are not going to get any new information that is already not in the public domain. The confidential information that does not come under the secrecy law will be submitted to the court in a sealed cover, and that will not include the price and technical details. And most important, the government will assert in its affidavit that it didn’t have anything to do with Reliance being chosen as an offset partner.

The petitioners also asked for a CBI investigation into the deal, but the court refused that. The court said they want to know the facts about the deal first before issuing any notice. So it is not sure why the opposition is celebrating the court order.

Help Us Reach Every Indian, Please Share This Post
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Advertisement

Big Story

80 doctors at the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata have resigned demanding an apology from the Chief Minister for her remarks.

2019 World Cup Is Here!

Catch the latest on Cricket World Cup as it unfolds, special coverage by Opindia

Even as 700 doctors resign, TMC leader Abu Taher Khan Chaudhury accused of threatening doctors with rape and murder

There are videos circulating on social media which purportedly show the Trinamool MP from Murshidabad, Abu Taher Khan threatening the doctors at the institution. The politician, however, has denied all allegations.
Order to demolish and remove cross

Village officer issues order to demolish and remove crosses planted by Church on encroached land near Sabarimala

Crosses have been planted on the sacred lands of Panchalimedu, believed to be a place inhabited by Pandavas during the 12 years of exile.
NDTV's takes journalism to new heights by asking Rahul Gandhi how did he like his samosa

Rahul Gandhi got conned by his own men: Report says ‘Big Data’ head Praveen Chakravarty billed Congress 24 crores and is now absconding

A day prior to election results, Rahul Gandhi had reportedly even contacted UPA allies and offered to accommodate them in the cabinet.

Pakistani pop singer wanted a Dutch MP killed for blasphemy, this is where she learnt bigotry from

The irony of all this is that Tablighi Jamaat promotes segregation and believes that women should stay at home

A dystopian future where Hindu nationalists take over: Social media reacts to Netflix’s latest Hinduphobic show ‘Leila’

After Ghoul and Sacred Games, Leila is the third show on Netflix that demonizes Hindus.

Mamata didi, we upheld our Hippocratic oath during trying times, you failed the allegiance you swore to the Constitution

The Bengal Health Crisis has escalated to immense proportions. With Doctors across the state submitting their resignations, Mamata Banerjee has a severe crisis on her hands.
Bishop Ezra Sargunam

Meet the controversial anti-Hindu evangelist, Bishop Ezra Sargunam, who wanted to punch Hindus in the face

The Bishop urges the group to take up the challenge and spread the word that there is no such thing as Hindu religion. If at all anyone does oppose to this, the Bishop without hesitation asked the group to punch them in the face and make sure they bleed.

The Islamic onslaught in West Bengal: A saga that started long before the current state regime made it worse

The Islamisation of Bengal has been a slow and steady process, repetitive governments have chosen to ignore their rising population, rather using the community as a vote bank.

Demographic impact of Christian Missionaries: India needs the equivalent of Russia’s Yarovaya law

Christian Missionaries are still aggressively targeting the economically deprived section of India’s population and rapidly converting them into Christianity with a mission to increase the number of “believers”.

Corrupt businessmen and Islamists try to get Modi ‘arrested’ ahead of BRICS, read how they failed

The businessmen are the ones who helped President Zuma in his corruption
Subscribe to Day's Top Stories
- Advertisment -

Latest articles

Connect with us

170,286FansLike
149,215FollowersFollow
69,727SubscribersSubscribe
Help Us Reach Every Indian, Please Share This Post