NEW DELHI: In a much debated topic of Rafale deal, a petition is filed in the Supreme Court on Wednesday by former Union ministers Yashwant Singh, Arun Shourie and lawyer Prashant Bhushan to review its December 14 order, alleging that the Rafale verdict relies upon “patently incorrect claims” made by the government in an unsigned note given in a sealed cover to the apex court. They also requested that the plea be heard in an Open court.
The Petitioners alleged that “The entire judgment is based on disputed questions of facts in respect of which an investigation needs to be done. As the judgment is based on evidently false averments in the note not shared with the petitioners, on that ground alone the entire judgment ought to be not just reviewed but recalled.”
It is to be noted that, the present Review Petition is filed when it was all set to discuss the Rafale deal on Wednesday in Lok Sabha.
Earlier, on December 14, the Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi dismissed all PILs that demanded a court-monitored probe into the Rafale deal.
Rafale deal is an agreement with France signed by India in 2015 in order to purchase 36 Rafale fighter aircraft for approximately Rs 58,000 crore in a fly-away condition as part of the upgrading process of the Indian Air Force equipment.
The Rafale fighter is a twin-engine Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) manufactured by French aerospace company Dassault Aviation.