Centre urges SC to exercise restraint while delivering observation on Rafale

Centre urges SC to exercise restraint while delivering observation on Rafale

New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to “exercise restraint” while delivering its observation on the procurement of Rafale fighter jets.

Centre’s lawyer KK Venugopal said every statement made in the court would be used to target either the government or the Opposition.

“Why should the court become a party to such an exercise?”  Venugopal asked in court.

The Rafale deal is one of the crucial issues the Opposition is banking on to target the Narendra Modi-led government.

Venugopal also made reference to the recent intrusion by Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jets in retaliation to Indian Air Force’s strikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammad facility in Balakot.

“We are trying to protect the security of the country… Some F-16s come and bomb us. What we are to do?” he said justifying the purchase of Rafale.

The Congress says the Narendra Modi government junked a deal for 126 Rafale jets negotiated by the previous UPA government and entered into a more expensive contract for 36 jets to help Anil Ambani’s company.

–IBNS

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