The Supreme Court on Thursday decided to hear a plea filed by former finance minister Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan for review of its verdict in the Rafale case.
Couple of days back, the trio had moved the Court seeking review of its December 14 judgment on the Rafale fighter jet deal alleging that the Supreme Court's judgement, relied upon a non-existent Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report as the judgement said that the CAG report was finalised and examined before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which were apparently “incorrect claims” made by the Centre.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan today urged the Supreme Court to hear the petition.
In response to it, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, "Will do something for the listing of the case as a bench is to be constituted for it."
The petitioners moved a plea seeking review of Rafael verdict, filed a fresh application seeking perjury prosecution against the officials who were responsible for providing "misleading" information to the Top Court in a sealed cover regarding details and the decision making process undertaken by the government to finalise the Rafael deal.
The application seeks prosecution of the officials under section 193 and 195 of the Indian Penal Code which provides for the offences of giving false evidence, contempt of lawful authority of public servants and providing false documents in evidence.
It was also alleged that the information regarding the deal has come into the public domain only after the verdict of the Court which prima facie proves that government was in effort to 'misled' the Court over the issue.
On December 14 ,the Supreme Court three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi also comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, being satisfied with the process for procurement, dismissed a batch of petitions seeking a court-monitored probe in the procurement.
The Court while dismissing the batch of petitions said that it finds no reason to interfere in the government's contract with France's Dassault Aviation and added that the perception of individuals cannot form the basis for interference.