The first Rafale fighter jet will be delivered in September, Ajay Kumar, secretary to the department of defence production, said. French Ambassador to India, Alexandre Ziegler had early this month assured that the first Rafale fighter aircraft will be delivered within two months and will be "perfectly on time".
The court noted that besides the review petitions, there was also an application filed by the Centre seeking correction in the judgment. Bhushan pointed out that he had also filed an application seeking perjury charges against the government.
Chidambaram's comments in the wake of new revelations in a media report on Rafale deal, which claims that PM Modi's decision to buy 36 aircraft instead of 126 pushed the price of each jet up by 41.42%.
The petitioners said they had collected some “evidence” and approached the CBI on October 4, seeking registration of an FIR and a probe into the case of “criminal misconduct” by “high-ranking public servants”.
A bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, before which the petition came up for hearing, tagged it with another petition already fixed for hearing on October 10.