Is Today’s Supreme Court Verdict the End of the #RafaleDeal Controversy?

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Is Today’s Supreme Court Verdict the End of the #RafaleDeal Controversy?

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fter being thoroughly routed in this month’s state assembly elections, the BJP finally has a reason to celebrate – aside, of course, from the entertainment tax generated by Beyoncé’s performance at the Ambani wedding. The Supreme Court has today declared that they refuse to conduct an investigation into the notorious Rafale aircraft deal, striking down a series of PILs and petitions pertaining to the issue.

For months, opposition leaders have shouted that the BJP, flying in the face of their platform of transparency and supposed anti-corruption credentials, engaged in crony capitalism with French Rafale jet manufacturer, Dassault Aviation, and Anil Ambani’s Reliance Naval and Engineering. Congress leader RaGa has been vocal about the BJP’s nefariousness in the lead-up to elections, accusing “chowkidar” PM Modi of being a chor, and several politicians and public interest lawyers, including Arun Shourie, Yashwant Sinha, and Prashant Bhushan, have added their voices to the clamour.

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