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Supreme Court Agrees To Review The Petition On Rafale Deal Case

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| February 21 , 2019 , 16:34 IST

The Supreme court on Thursday agreed to hear the plea seeking review of Rafale verdict. Last year the Apex Court had dismissed several PILs.

One of the Pleas filed by Former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and lawyer Prashant Bhushan by saying, there was "no occasion to doubt" the center's decision in the fighter jet deal with France.

The bench also added, “We are satisfied that there is no occasion to really doubt the process, and even if minor deviations have occurred that would not result in either setting aside the contractor requiring detailed scrutiny by the court.” 

"We find no reason for any intervention on the sensitive issue of purchase of 36 defense aircraft…. Perception of individuals cannot be the basis of a fishing and roving inquiry by this court, especially in such matters." The bench concluded.

However, The trio, filed a fresh application under section 340 of the code of criminal procedure (CrPc) seeking perjury prosecution alleged a conspiracy at the highest level to defraud the exchequer and favour the Anil Ambani group chosen as offset partner by French aviation company Dassault, maker of Rafale jet.

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The petitioners Congress President Rahul Gandhi had made the Rafale deal his main point of attack related to corruption against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP ahead of the recent assembly polls, which saw the Congress beating its rival in three states.

"The combination (of the judges) of the bench will have to be changed. It is very difficult. We will do something for it," the bench, also comprising Justices LN Rao and Sanjiv Khanna, said when Bhushan sought urgent listing of the petitions in the Rafale case.

The court added that it would be difficult to spell out a specific date for want of an appropriate bench to hear the case.