New Delhi: The Supreme Court today rejected all the petitions related to Rafale jet deals. In 2018, the apex court had given clean chit to the Narendra Modi government on allegations of irregularities in the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets by India from France. Here is a brief timeline of the Rafale jet deal case: 2007: The UPA government releases tenders for 126 fighters, based on the demand by the Indian Air Force. January 2012: French company, Dassault Aviation makes the lowest bids for their aircraft Rafale. According to conditions, 126 jets required, of which 18 to be imported in fly-away condition. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) supposed to manufacture the remaining 108 jets with assistance from Dassault. 2014: HAL and Dassault sign an agreement. Negotiations carried out however the deal was not finalised. June 2015: Defence ministry officially withdraws the 126 aircraft deal tender. April 2015: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Paris and announces the decision to buy 36 Rafale fighters. January 2016: French President Francois Hollande visits India on the occasion of Republic Day. A memorandum of understanding on the purchase of Rafale jets signed between India and France. November 2018: A bench headed by Chief Justice of… Read full this story
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