Rafale Verdict Supreme Court Hearing Live: No ground to order FIR, says top court; Rahul Gandhi demands JPC probe

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Updated:Nov 14, 2019 4:42:22 pm

Rafale Deal Supreme Court Verdict Live Updates: A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph said there was no ground to order an FIR in the matter. 

Rafale Verdict Supreme Court, Rafale Deal Verdict in Supreme CourtRafale deal verdict: Supreme Court dismisses review petition. (File Photo)

Rafale Supreme Court Verdict Live Updates: The Supreme Court has dismissed petition seeking review of its 2018 judgment on the Rafale deal. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph said there was no ground to order an FIR in the matter.  Soon after the judgment,  the BJP demanded Rahul Gandhi and Congress to apologise, on the other hand, the former Congress president claimed that the Supreme Court’s ruling has opened door for a probe. He said that a probe by Joint Parliamentary Committee should immediately initiate a probe into the deal.

The top court had reserved the verdict on the deal in May this year. Former Union ministers, Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, and activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan had filed the review petitions urging the court to set aside its December 14, 2018, verdict. The court had last year dismissed their plea for a criminal investigation into the Rafale deal. The deal was even made an election issue by the Congress and other opposition parties citing corruption. However, the government countered the charges aggressively and won the elections. The opposition failed to articulate the alleged scam in the deal to the people.

The Rafale fighter is a twin-engine Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA). It is manufactured by French aerospace company Dassault Aviation. India signed an agreement with France for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft in a fly-away condition. The estimated cost of the deal is Rs 58,000 crore.

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    16:36 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rafale Verdict: Rahul Gandhi reacts

    Reacting over Supreme Court's Rafale verdict, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi has demanded setting up of a joint parliamentary committee to probe the deal. "Justice Joseph of the Supreme Court has opened a huge door into investigation of the RAFALE scam. An investigation must now begin in full earnest. A Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) must also be set up to probe this scam," Rahul Gandhi said in his tweet.  

    13:42 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rajnath Singh corners Congress after Rafale verdict

    I think matters related to defence preparedness shouldn't be politicised, unfortunately some people did it for personal benefits. They also tried to malign Prime Minister. I would like to say that it was done especially by some senior Congress leaders, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says.

    13:35 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rahul Gandhi, Congress must apologise to country: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Supreme Court's verdict is victory of India's security. Rahul Gandhi and Congress must now apologise to the country. Congress has always compromised on national security, says Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

    13:23 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Hope matter is now laid to rest: Ex-IAF chief BS Dhanoa

    I hope the matter is now laid to rest. Raking up such issues to get political gains, putting the interest of your armed forces behind, I think is not right, BS Dhanoa, former chief of the Air Staff, tells news agency ANI.

    12:29 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Truth triumphs: BJP on Rafale verdict

    "Truth triumphs. Truth can be bothered but not defeated," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said after the Supreme Court rejected petitions to review its Rafale verdict.

    11:13 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rafale: First squadron to be stationed at Ambala base

    The first squadron of Rafale aircraft will be stationed at the Ambala Air Force Station, a strategic IAF base located around 250 km away from the India-Pakistan border.

    11:12 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    About Rafale fighter jet

    The Rafale is an extremely capable, fourth generation, multirole aircraft with advanced weapons. The aircraft will come equipped with Israeli helmet-mounted displays, radar warning receivers, low band jammers, 10-hour flight data recording, infra-red search and tracking systems and other India-specific enhancements.

    11:02 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Supreme Court dismisses Rafale review petition

    The Supreme Court has dismissed petition seeking a review of its verdict in Rafale jet case.  The top court said there was no ground to order filing of an FIR in the matter.

    10:46 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    India received first Rafale jet in France on Dussehra

    India received the first Rafale fighter jet from its French manufacturer Dassault Aviation in France on October 8. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, along with a team of senior officials, visited France for receiving the first aircraft. Rajnath Singh also performed 'Shastra Puja' on the brand new jet in France.  He also took a sortie in the aircraft. | READ MORE HERE

    10:38 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rafale pricing: What government argued

    In a statement issued in February this year, the Defence Ministry had said: "Provision of exact item-wise cost and other information will reveal...details regarding the various customizations and weapons systems specially designed to augment the effectiveness and lethality of the assets, impact our military preparedness and compromise our national security."  It further said that such details would also come under the ambit of the security agreement signed in 2008.

    10:27 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rafale Deal: Can't compel government to purchase 126 jets, CJI said in 2018 verdict

    CJI Ranjan Gogoi had said that the court 'can't compel government to purchase 126 aircrafts and its not proper for the court to examine each aspect of aircraft'. The Congress has been questioning the Modi government for purchasing only 36 jets and not 126 as decided by the previous Congress-led UPA government.

    10:19 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Supreme Court's observation on Rafale pricing

    The Supreme Court had said that it was not the job of the court to deal with the comparative details of the pricing of Rafale. The bench headed by CJI Gogoi had said that it did not find substantial matter to interfere with the issue of procurement, pricing and offset partner.

    10:03 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    No substantial evidence of commercial favouritism to any private entity, Supreme Court had ruled

    In its decision, the top court had observed that there was no substantial evidence of commercial favouritism to any private entity. Reading out the verdict, CJI Ranjan Gogoi had said that there was no reason for interference in the choice of offset partner and perception of individuals can't be the basis for roving inquiry insensitive issue of defence procurement'.

    09:29 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rafale verdict: Key takeaways from SC's 2018 decision

    The Supreme Court gave a clean chit to the Modi government on Rafale deal for 36 fighter jets. It said that the government followed all the laid down procurement procedures while signing the contract. The Court upheld the deal saying there was no occasion to set aside the Rafale contract.

    09:11 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rafale review petition: Arun Shourie's argument

    Arun Shourie in his brief argument told the Supreme Court that it has been misled. He also said that although the government has given all the documents regarding the deal to CAG, why can't they share them with the court. He had even shared a document published on the Ministry of Home Affairs' website which mandates the government to share information on defence deals.

    08:52 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rafale Verdict in Supreme Court Live: CJI Ranjan Gogoi headed bench to deliver judgment

    A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph is likely to pronounce verdicts on three review petitions filed by Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and Prashant Bhushan, Vineet Dhandha and Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh. On December 14, 2018, the apex court dismissed the petitions seeking an investigation into alleged irregularities in the deal.

    08:43 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rafale deal case: Government's argument

    Attorney General (AG) K.K. Venugopal representing the Centre argued before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that there was no corruption in the Rafale deal and that the government is bound to maintain secrecy on pricing, as per Inter-Government Agreement (IGA) signed between India and France. The AG had insisted that the world over, defence deals are not examined in a court of law.

    08:15 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rafale Deal Hearing Today Live: Prashant Bhushan wants FIR to undertake criminal investigations

    Prashant Bhushan has alleged suppression of material facts. He claimed that facts were not presented before the court and an FIR should be registered to undertake criminal investigations. He also pointed out a three-member Indian Negotiation Team (INT) had objected to the parallel negotiations undertaken by the PMO, and as a consequence, allegedly the deal became expensive.

    07:56 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rafale review petitions: Judgment reserved on May 10

    The Supreme Court had on May 10 reserved the decision on the pleas, including one filed by former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan, seeking a re-examination of its findings that there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets.

    07:40 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rafale Deal Verdict in Supreme Court today

    The Supreme Court is scheduled to pronounce its verdict on petitions seeking a review of its 2018 judgement. The top court had in December 2018 gave a clean chit to the Modi government in the Rafale fighter jet deal with French firm Dassault Aviation.

    Rafale Verdict Supreme Court, Rafale Deal Verdict in Supreme Court Rafale Verdict Supreme Court, Rafale Deal Verdict in Supreme CourtIndia signed an agreement with France for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft in a fly-away condition as part of the upgrading process of the Indian Air Force equipment. The estimated cost of the deal is Rs 58,000 crore. The Rafale fighter is a twin-engine Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) manufactured by French aerospace company Dassault Aviation. Soon after the deal, Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group and Rafale maker Dassault Aviation had announced a joint venture (JV) that will be a “key player” in fulfilling the offset contract.
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