Rafale deal LIVE updates: The Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of review petitions filed in the Rafale case against the apex court’s December 14 verdict till March 14. There are two review petitions in the Rafale matter — one by former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and advocate Prashant Bhushan, and the other by AAP MP Sanjay Singh.
Appearing for the centre, Attorney General KK Venugopal told the top court that documents pertaining to the fighter jet deal were stolen from the Defence Ministry and that an investigation over the alleged theft is ongoing. The AG said documents on Rafale deal relied on by petitioners are marked secret and classified, and in violation of Official Secrets Act
A bench comprising of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K M Joseph had on December 14 dismissed petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the purchase of the jets from France, finding “no occasion to doubt the (decision-making) process” leading to the award of the contract, and said there was no material to show that the government had favoured anyone commercially.
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A day after the bench passed the judgment, the Centre had approached the court seeking correction in the text of its order where it said that a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the pricing of the fighter jets “has been” examined by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).