#RafaleVerdict : Supreme Court Dismisses Review Petitions , Upholds Deal

Picture : Twitter / ANI

Picture : Twitter / ANI

The Supreme Court has dismissed the review petitions challenging its verdict in the Rafale case passed on December 14, 2018, upholding the 36 Rafale jets deal.

A three-judge bench presided by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K M Joseph passed the order on a batch of petitions seeking review of its December 14, 2018 verdict which had upheld purchase of 36 Rafale jets by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government from France.

The apex court had then dismissed petitions seeking court-monitored probe into alleged irregularities in procurement of jets by asserting that there was “no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the deal”.

It had also said that it was not their job to go into the issue of pricing of the fighter planes.

Subsequently, review petitions were filed by former Union Ministers Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie, lawyer Prashant Bhushan and others against the top court’s judgment.

The petitioners sought a review of the order on the grounds that it contained several errors.

They contended that the judgment relied upon patently incorrect claims made by the government in an unsigned note given in a sealed cover to the court. The petitioners also sought permission to take on record a document leaked from the defence ministry as evidence.

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