Rafale Verdict in Supreme Court highlights: The Supreme Court has allowed open court hearing on Rafale review plea. The order was passed by a bench comprising of CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice KM Josephe. Earlier, in its December 14 verdict, the top court had dismissed pleas challenging the defence deal and maintained that all procedures were followed by the government while finalising the deal.
Last week, a bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justices L Nageswara Rao and Sanjiv Khanna had conveyed to advocate Prashant Bhushan that it will hear the review petitions against its judgment. Along with Bhushan, former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie have also moved the court seeking revisit of the order. The petitioners have claimed that the Supreme Court relied upon incorrect claims made by the Narendra Modi government with regard to the procurement of jets. The hearing of the review pleas will be conducted in chambers and not in open court.
The controversy over Rafale deal started in November 2016 with Congress accusing the ruling BJP of non-transparency in the deal and called it one of the biggest failures of PM Narendra Modi’s ambitious ‘Make-in-India’ programme. However, the government has rubbished all such reports and maintained that deal was signed as per the set procedure.