SC to decide on CBI inquiry into Rafale deal today

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court is set to pronounce its verdict on Friday seeking a court-monitored Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe on 36 Rafale fighter jets from French company Dassault Aviation. 

The verdict will be declared by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. Senior Air Force officers had to attended the hearing to clear doubts of the judges on the necessity of getting Rafale fighter jets. The BJP government had signed an intergovernmental deal with France in 2016 for the sale of 36 Rafale MMRCA aircraft in flyaway condition. 

The new deal for Rafale by the Modi government replaced one being negotiated by the previous United Progressive Alliance government. The Centre on Thursday told the Parliament that it owes debt-ridden national carrier Air India Rs 1,000.62 crore.  

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