Rafale review petition hearing highlights: Supreme Court permits open court hearing on Rafale review plea

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Updated:Feb 26, 2019 9:44:09 pm

Rafale Review Petition Hearing in Supreme Court highlights: The Rafale review petitions came up for hearing before a bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi.

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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.

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    SC dismissed all plea on December 14 eeking court-monitored probe

    December 14 last year, the apex court had dismissed all petitions seeking court-monitored probe into Rafale fighter jet deal with France, saying that there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the deal. The top court had also said that it was not its job to go into the issue of pricing of fighter planes.

    20:34 (IST)26 Feb 2019
    Supreme Court allows open court hearing on Rafale review plea

    Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed for an open court hearing of the Rafale review petitions. The order was passed by a three-judge bench comprising of Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice KM Joseph. The Supreme Court will be hearing  review petition against its December 14, 2018, judgment in which it had refused to order a probe into the deal to procure 36 Rafale fighter planes from France.On January 2, petitioners in Rafale fighter jet deal case — Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie, both former Union Ministers, and Prashant Bhushan, a noted lawyer — had moved the apex court for review of its Rafale judgment of December 14.

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    What is Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title case

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    09:59 (IST)26 Feb 2019
    Rafale deal: What CAG report said

    The CAG in its report said that the deal signed by the NDA in 2016 was 2.86% lower than the price negotiated by the UPA for 126 aircraft. The CAG also examined the pricing but did not disclose the actual price. The Rafale deal is believed to be of the order of Rs 59,000 crore.

    09:54 (IST)26 Feb 2019
    Rafale an issue in Lok Sabha polls: Congress

    Notwithstanding the CAG findings, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has said that Rafale deal will continue to be an issue in the coming Lok Sabha polls. "The report will be examined by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and the committee would question the CAG on what basis the conclusion was reached. But the crux of the matter is that rules and procedures have been violated in this deal. The delivery schedule for 36 jets is longer than for 126 jets," he said.

    09:28 (IST)26 Feb 2019
    Rafale Verdict in Supreme Court Live Updates: AAP leader Sanjay Singh moves review petition

    Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh, too, has also filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking the review of judgment. Singh's petition will be taken up with other pleas today.

    09:24 (IST)26 Feb 2019
    Rafale review petition hearing LIVE: PM Modi slams Rahul Gandhi

    On Monday, PM Narendra Modi hit out at Congress president Rahul Gandhi for criticising the 36 Rafale fighter jets deal with France. He said, "Now they are using all their tactics so that the modern jet does not come to India. But in the next few months, when the first Rafale soars into the sky, all their conspiracies will end."

    08:49 (IST)26 Feb 2019
    Rafale deal review petition

    The application has been moved by former Finance minister Yashwant Sinha, journalist-turned-politician Arun Shourie and activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan. Sinha, Shourie and Bhushan had on January 2, sought a recall of the verdict contending that the court had relied upon patently incorrect claims made by the government in an unsigned note given in a sealed cover.

    08:12 (IST)26 Feb 2019
    Rafale deal: What Congress is saying

    The Congress has been accusing Modi government of flouting rules and procedures and indulging in crony capitalism in deal. It has also been demanding a probe by a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) into the deal.

    08:11 (IST)26 Feb 2019
    No scandal in Rafale deal: Dassault CEO

    Dassault Aviation Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eric Trappier has said that there was no scandal in the 36 Rafale fighter aircraft deal between India and France. The official said that if India needed more jets, his firm would be happy to deliver them. "There is no scandal vis-a-vis Rafale. We had a request for 36 aircraft and we are going to deliver 36 aircraft. If the government of India wants more aircraft, we will be more than pleased to deliver," Trappier said.

    A Rafale fighter aircraft rehearses for fly-past ahead of 12th edition of AERO India 2019 at Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru. (PTI Photo)Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and Prashant Bhushan have moved review petitions in the Supreme Court. In its December 14 order, a bench of CJI Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph had dismissed pleas seeking a court-monitored probe into the deal. Earlier this month, a CAG report on Capital Acquisitions in Indian Air Force also noted the latest deal negotiated by the Modi government with France on purchase of fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF) was 2.86% cheaper than what UPA had negotiated. The issue surrounding the deal is a political controversy. While opposition has been alleging corruption, the Modi government has ruled out any discrepancies while sealing the deal.
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