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Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie Heads To Supreme Court To Review Rafale Verdict

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| January 2 , 2019 , 13:28 IST

Former Union ministers, Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, along with advocate Prashant Bhushan, have moved the Supreme Court demanding the review of December 14 verdict in the Rafale case.

The plea alleges that the Rafale verdict relies upon "patently incorrect claims" made by the Centre in an unsigned note given to the Supreme Court. They have also sought that the plea is heard in an open court.

The Supreme Court had ruled that there was no reason to doubt the decision-making process behind the Rafale jet deal, clearing the government, which has been repeatedly accused by the Congress of corruption in the Rs. 59,000-crore contract.

"There is no evidence of commercial favouritism to any private entity," the court had said.

The Review Petition filed by Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and Prashant Bhushan, claims that the judgment is based on errors apparent on the face of the record and ought to be recalled. The petitioners have, therefore, sought an oral hearing in open court.

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The plea said, “The government has blatantly misled the Hon’ble Court and the Hon’ble Court has grossly erred in placing reliance on false averments in the note not even supported by an affidavit. The entire judgement is based on disputed questions of facts in respect of which an investigation needs to be done. As the judgement is based on evidently false averments in the note not shared with the petitioners, on that ground alone the entire judgement ought to be not just reviewed but recalled.”

In a major boost for the Narendra Modi government ahead of the election this year, the Supreme Court had given it a thumbs-up in the sensitive issue of purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets. 

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had held that “broadly the processes have been followed” and that India cannot remain unprepared in skies when its adversaries have acquired the most modern fighter planes.

“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,”  the bench added.

Audio tape of BJP leader Vishwajeet Rane leaked on Wednesday reveals Manohar Parikar was aware of the details of Rafale scam.