The government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing one of its gravest political challenges, just a few months ahead of general elections, scheduled for April. A deal to procure 36 Rafale combat jets from the French aviation company Dassault has become a raging controversy.
A clutch of petitioners approached the Supreme Court seeking its intervention in the matter. The petitioners include lawyer Prashant Bhushan, former finance minister Yashwant Sinha and former telecommunications minister Arun Shourie.
They have demanded that the government come clean on the pricing of the deal and the reasons for bypassing laid-down procedure for a deal that is in the region of US$9 billion. Read More