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.