Indian government stands vindicated

The much discussed Indo-French deal, in which India purchased 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, has been ruled as fair by India's Supreme Court. It follows a barrage of criticism and accusations of corruption from the Congress party president, Rahul Gandhi, about the irregularities and discrepancies involved in the $8.7-billion deal. This is the latest in a string of extraordinary developments in Indian politics ahead of elections due to be held next year in May.
Naturally, the opposition was not happy with the verdict of the top court and is seeking a separate probe. The government wants an apology from Congress party president Rahul Gandhi.
Whether the Congress leader offers an apology or continues his demands for another probe, the whole episode could have real implications for India's tense general elections.
-K.Ragavan, Bengaluru

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