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Supreme Court LIVE: Hearing on the review petitions of Rafale deal begins

The top court, on December 14, had dismissed four petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the purchase of the jet fighters, saying the decision-making process was not in doubt,  “no occasion to doubt the (decision-making) process” and that it cannot go into the question of pricing and the choice of offset Indian partner by Dassault as there was no material to show that the government had favoured anyone commercially.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima SiddiquiBy Saima Siddiqui

Published on 6 March 2019 8:43 AM GMT

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, commenced the hearing on its December 14, 2018, verdict where it had dismissed four petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the purchase of 36 jet fighters. The two review petitions were filed by former finance minister Yashwant Sinha, journalist-turned-politician Arun Shourie and activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan and the other by AAP MP Sanjay Singh.

The top court, on December 14, had dismissed four petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the purchase of the jet fighters, saying the decision-making process was not in doubt, “no occasion to doubt the (decision-making) process” and that it cannot go into the question of pricing and the choice of offset Indian partner by Dassault as there was no material to show that the government had favoured anyone commercially.

Highlights of the review hearing;

-The Attorney General accuses 'The Hindu', an English daily, of stealing confidential government documents on Rafale from the Ministry. It further alleged that the paper used the documents "selectively". "These documents are not admissible. Having these documents is an offence under the secrecy act. The govt is planning to launch a prosecution." KK Venugopal says this is an offence under the Official Secrets Act and hence the review petitions must be dismissed.

-Addressing a press conference the opposition accuses PM Modi of Corruption in Rafale deal. "It is clear that PM Narendra modi misled the people with facts around the Rafale deal with his white lies and he is responsible for the corruption," says Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.

-Lawyer- activist, Prashant Bhushan accuses Govt of misleading SC in Rafale judgement. He said there have been serious error of facts in the Rafale judgment of December 14, 2018, and accuses the BJP-led government at the centre of trying to mislead the court."The government should be hauled up for perjury."

-SC declines to accept on record, a letter, given by the Hindu Editor N Ram to Prashant Bhushan regarding the Rafale deal. "Please confine your case to the documents already submitted. We are not going to look into any new document at this stage," it observes.

-Advocate ML Sharma says all review petitions should be junked since nobody has brought on record the CAG report on the Rafale Deal, which stated the acquisition is economical and proved to be less costly.

-The Supreme Court hearing on the review of Rafale deal begins.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima Siddiqui

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