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Rafale deal case: supreme court agrees to hear review its order

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Rafale Deal Case:CJI Ranjan Gogoi had said that he would have to constitute a bench of different composition of judges to hear all the petitions

New Delhi:MNN:The Supreme Court Thursday said it would consider listing of pleas seeking review of its December 14 verdict dismissing the need for an investigation into the deal to procure 36 Rafale fighter jets from France.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said four applications or petitions have been filed in the Rafale matter and one of them is still lying with the registry on account of defect.

“It has to be examined. Let me see,” he had said.

There are four petitions including one by the government for the correction of an error in the verdict.

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The centre wants a correction in the part where the verdict says the Comptroller and Auditor General‘s report on the Rafale deal was placed before parliament.

The CAG report was put out after that, in the session that ended on February 13.

A petition by lawyer Prashant Bhushan seeks action against the officers who had “misled” the court by claiming that the auditor had already submitted a report to parliament.

Mr Prashant Bhushan also asks in another petition for the court to review its order that the government followed the decision-making process in the deal with France for 36 Rafale jets.

AAP leader Sanjay Singh has also requested a review.

In December, the Supreme Court said there was no reason to doubt the decision-making process behind the Rafale case amid Congress allegations of corruption in the 2016 jet deal.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had dealt with “three broad areas of concern” raised in the petitions – the decision making process, pricing and the choice of Indian offset partner,

CJI said there was no reason for intervention by the court on the “sensitive issue” of purchase of 36 jets

It had said the Air Force needs advanced fighter jets as the country cannot afford to be “unprepared” or “under prepared” in a situation where adversaries have acquired fourth and fifth generation fighter aircraft, “of which, we have none”.

Petitions alleging that the government had gone for an overpriced deal to help Anil Ambani‘s company bag an offset contract with jet-maker Dassault also didn’t wash with the top court, which dismissed the need for a probe.

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