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Rafale Verdict Review Petition, Supreme Court Reserves Verdict

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The Supreme Court reserved its verdict on a plea seeking contempt action against Congress President Rahul Gandhi for wrongfully attributing his “chowkidar chor hai” remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the apex court in the Rafale verdict.

The top court also reserved the verdict on petitions challenging its December 14 judgment in which it has it had declined to order a probe into the alleged corruption into the procurement of 36 fighter aircraft from France.

In the December 14, 2018 verdict, the apex court had said there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France and dismissed all the petitions seeking an investigation into alleged irregularities in the Rs 58,000 crore deal.
The top court had said there was no substantial evidence of commercial favouritism to any private entity.

Later, in a setback to the Centre, the apex court had on April 10 allowed the plea relying on leaked documents for seeking review of its Rafale verdict and dismissed the government’s preliminary objections claiming “privilege” over them.

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