SC rejects review petitions seeking Rafale probe

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The Supreme Court today rejected a batch of review petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets, saying the pleas were without merit.

A three-judge bench also rejected the contention that there was a need for registration of FIR in connection with the deal. The pleas had sought re-examination of Apex Court's 14th December 2018 verdict which said there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process.

A batch of petitions, including those filed by former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, and lawyer Prashant Bhushan had sought a review, alleging that material facts were suppressed and a criminal investigation should be filed in the case.

BJP has welcomed the Supreme Court's decision, saying it is a huge victory for the Narendra Modi government and truth has triumphed.

Talking to media in New Delhi, party spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said the review petitions were politically motivated and an attempt to tarnish the reputation of BJP and NDA government.

He said that by dismissing the review petitions, the Supreme Court has given a clean chit to the entire Rafale deal. On the apex court's decision regarding Congress leader Rahul Gandhi wrongly attributing the apex court his "chowkidar" remark in Rafale case, the BJP spokesperson said, Congress now stands exposed in front of the whole country.

He said the Supreme Court admonished Mr. Gandhi for dragging the Court in political discourse. He said Rahul Gandhi's credibility has gone down after this.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has welcomed the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the review petitions in the Rafale case. In a tweet, Mr. Singh said, the NDA Government stands vindicated with this pronouncement.

He added that the verdict is also a judgment on the NDA government’s transparency in decision making. BJP has welcomed the Supreme Court's decision, saying it is a huge victory for the Narendra Modi government and truth has triumphed.

Talking to media in New Delhi, party spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said the review petitions were politically motivated and an attempt to tarnish the reputation of BJP and NDA government. He said that by dismissing the review petitions, the Supreme Court has given a clean chit to the entire Rafale deal.

On the apex court's decision regarding Congress leader Rahul Gandhi wrongly attributing the apex court his "chowkidar" remark in Rafale case, the BJP spokesperson said, Congress now stands exposed in front of the whole country. (AIR NEWS)

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