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Rafale Verdict by Supreme Court HIGHLIGHTS: The Supreme Court has dismissed the two review petitions, saying that they 'lack merit'.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 14, 2019 5:58:04 pm
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Rafale Verdict HIGHLIGHTS: After the Supreme Court dismissed a batch of review petitions challenging its December 2018 verdict in the Rafale case, the Congress Thursday said the BJP should not celebrate as the top court’s verdict paved the way for an independent investigation into the matter. Addressing the media, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the top court has made it clear that its hands might be bound by constitutional boundaries, but not that of an independent investigation agency.

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also said that the Supreme Court has opened a huge door into investigation of the Rafale case and demanded the setting up of a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the case.

A three-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi Thursday dismissed a batch of review petitions challenging its December 2018 verdict in the Rafale case. The Bench, which also comprised Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, said the petitions “lack merit”. On December 14, 2018, the SC had dismissed two petitions — one filed by former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie and advocate Prashant Bhushan, and the other by AAP Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh — seeking a court-monitored investigation into the India-France deal for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft.

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The Supreme Court pronounced its verdict on pleas seeking Rafale judgment review. Here are the HIGHLIGHTS.

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    16:35 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rahul Gandhi demands setting up of JPC to probe Rafale case

    "Justice Joseph of the Supreme Court has opened a huge door into investigation of the RAFALE scam. An investigation must now begin in full earnest. A Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) must also be set up to probe this scam," Rahul Gandhi.

    16:33 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    SC said its hands are tied, but not those of CBI: Congress

    Congress: "The court has made it clear that its hands might be bound by constitutional boundaries, but not that of an independent investigation agency."

    "Today the top court justified the Congress' appeal that under Article 32 of the Constitution, the Supreme Court has limited rights and cannot probe the Rafale case. Therefore the Congress did not approach the Supreme Court. "

    16:26 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    SC judgment paves the way for independent investigation: Congress

    Surjewala: In last 5 years, the BJP has developed a very bad habit of celebrating without analysing. The Supreme Court's judgment in the Rafale case should not be celebrated by the BJP as it paves the way for an independent investigation.

    16:14 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    SC judgment not a victory for BJP: Congress

    Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala Thursday said the Supreme Court's dismissal of the review petitions in its 2018 judgment in Rafale judgment is not the BJP's victory as the apex court has not ruled any scope of an independent investigation.

    "The court said it is restricted by law, but if any agency like police and CBI can carry out an independent investigation." he said.

    "The court also said that it would not stand in the way of any independent investigation," he added.

    15:44 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rahul Gandhi's Chor comment was irresponsible, should apologise to the nation: Sitharaman

    Hailing the Supreme Court's quashing of the review petitions in earlier judgment in the Rafale case, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Thursday said the judgment shows that the government's decision was right on the price, process and the offsets. Taking to Twitter, Sitharaman also called Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's "Chor" jibe at the prime minister as irresponsible, adding that the leader must apologise to the nation. 

    14:29 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Prashant Bhushan on Rafale verdict

    Advocate Prashant Bhushan, one of the petitioners,  said Thursday, "Our main plea was on filing FIR but the verdict did not deal with it."

    14:16 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    SC order on Rafale is victory of national security: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    The BJP on Thursday launched a scathing attack on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi after the Supreme Court gave a clean chit to the government on the Rafale deal and said he lied in Parliament and stooped to the "shameful" extent of misquoting the top court deliberately. Addressing a press conference at the party office here, senior BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Congress and in particular, its former president Rahul Gandhi must apologise to the country.

    13:45 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    We have been vindicated: Former IAF chief B S Dhanoa on Rafale verdict

    Former Indian Air Force chief, B S Dhanoa, welcomed the decision by the Supreme Court. Speaking to ANI, he said, "I hope the matter is now laid to rest. Raking up such issues to get political gains, putting the interest of your armed forces behind, I think is not right."

    13:39 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rajnath Singh on Rafale: 'Allegations made were laced with malicious intent'

    Slamming the Congress after the Supreme Court dismissed Rafale review petitions, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said the allegations of corruption were aimed at maligning Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded that the party apologise for it. "The allegation of corruption in Rafale deal was nothing but an attempt to malign the clean and honest image of image of PM Narendra Modi and his Government. The people of India will not forgive the Congress for their slanderous campaign and calumny. The Congress should apologise for misleading the people," he said while attending the Maitree Diwas celebrations at Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. He said the purchase of Rafale jets was done in a completely transparent manner, keeping in mind the urgency to update and upgrade India's defence preparedness.

    13:36 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Ravi Shankar Prasad: Rahul Gandhi must apologise to the nation

    Calling the judgment a “victory of truth,” Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Opposition lost in the court as well as in polls. French President Emmanuel Macron also rejected the claims made by some of the Congress leaders. Rahul Gandhi has misled the country and should apologize.” Read more here

    13:31 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rafale judgment vindication of our govt's stand, says Rajnath Singh

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh welcomed the judgment by Supreme Court saying it is a vindication of their government's stand. "The transparency of our govt's decision making has been given approval by Supreme Court. The purchase of Rafale jets was done in a completely transparent manner, keeping in mind the urgency to update and upgrade India’s defence preparedness. The issues pertaining to defence preparedness and national security should never be politicised." his tweet further read.

    13:01 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rafale verdict: J P Nadda on Rahul Gandhi's contempt plea

    Hitting hard at Rahul Gandhi after the Supreme Court gave a clean chit to the government on the Rafale deal, BJP working president J P Nadda said the Congress leader had tried to mislead the country on the issue and should now apologise. Asserting that truth has prevailed, Nadda said, "From road to Parliament, Rahul Gandhi and his party tried hard to mislead the country on this issue but truth prevailed. I wish Rahul Gandhi would be in country and should apologise to nation."

    12:41 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Congress' Sanjay Jha apologises to Anil Ambani

    Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha apologised to Anil Ambani for making bogus charges against him on TV shows. Taking to Twitter, he said, "Now that the Supreme Court has given the #RafaleVerdict , I would like to publicly apologise to the Honourable Shri Anil Ambani Ji for making bogus charges against him on TV shows. Sir Ji, you are a personification of integrity, honesty and transparency. Sir Ji, please forgive."

    12:17 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rafale verdict huge victory for Narendra Modi-led govt: B L Santhosh

    "SC rejects review petitions on Rafale deal & raps Rahul Gandhi & asks him to be careful in future. Huge victory for Narendra Modi-led government," BJP general secretary (organisation) B L Santhosh tweeted Thursday.

    12:09 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Truth has triumphed: BJP on Rafale verdict

    BJP's spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain tweeted saying that truth has triumphed.

    11:40 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rafale order exposes irresponsibility of several eminences: Ram Madhav

    BJP general secretary, Ram Madhav, said that the Supreme Court decisions delivered today are important.

    11:13 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rafale verdict: SC closes contempt plea against Rahul Gandhi

    The apex court has closed the contempt plea against Rahul Gandhi for his remarks relating to Rafale deal, saying he should be careful in future.

    11:09 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rafale verdict: We don't feel necessary to order FIR, says SC

    The apex court said, "We don't feel necessary to order FIR or roving inquiry into Rafale deal case."

    10:59 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    SC dismisses review petitions against the Rafale judgment

    The Supreme Court has dismissed the two review petitions, saying that they 'lack merit'.

    10:57 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Rafale verdict: Justice Kaul reads the judgment

    The three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph has assembled. Justice S K Kaul is reading the judgment.

    rafale verdict, rafale verdict today, rafale verdict live news, rafale verdict news, rafale verdict supreme court, rafale verdict supreme court today, rafale deal case, rafale deal case verdict, rafale deal case verdict today, rafale deal verdict by supreme court, rafale deal verdict by supreme court today, rafale case judgement, rafale case supreme court, rafale case supreme court today, rafale case supreme court news, rafale case supreme court today news The IAF had issued a tender for 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) in 2007, and at the end of a stringent selection process in 2012, Rafale was chosen.

    While delivering its December 14 judgment on pleas questioning the decision-making process, pricing and selection of offset partner, the top court had rejected the demand for a court-monitored investigation into the deal. The court had said there was “no occasion to doubt the (decisionmaking) process” leading to the award of the contract, and there was nothing to show that the government had favoured anyone commercially.

    During the review, the Centre has maintained that the pricing details could not be made public due to security concerns. However, Bhushan has questioned how revealing the price of the Rafale would affect national security when the RFP (request for proposal) for the 126 jets had all the technical details of the aircraft.

    India’s intention to buy the 36 aircraft in “fly-away” condition was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to France in April 2015. A few days later, then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar announced that the earlier deal for 126 jets — stalled over price since 2012 — was dead. The deal for the 36 aircraft — a new acquisition — was signed by Parrikar and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian on September 23, 2016.

    The IAF had issued a tender for 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) in 2007, and at the end of a stringent selection process in 2012, Rafale was chosen.

    In their review petition, Sinha, Shourie, and Bhushan had said the court had relied on “patently incorrect” claims made by the government in its note submitted in a sealed cover to the Bench that had heard the original petition. They also said that additional information had emerged subsequently, and not considering it would result in a grave miscarriage of justice. The petition relied on certain documents related to the deal which were published by The Hindu newspaper and later by the news agency ANI.

    In its April 10, 2019 order, the apex court had rejected the government's objections to the admissibility of the documents sought to be relied on by the review petitioners. The government had taken the stand that these documents were unauthorisedly photocopied and leaked and that they enjoyed protection under The Official Secrets Act, 1923. The government sought their removal from the record of the case, saying they were of sensitive nature and, if they were made public, they could jeopardise national security.

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