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    Rafale Verdict LIVE: Rahul Gandhi lied in Parliament, Says Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Rahul Gandhi lied in Parliament that France President Emmanuel Macron told him that the deal can be disclosed. Rahul Gandhi not only used Reliance and Dassault in his lies but also the current and former Presidents of France.
  • 2:46 PM IST
    Rafale Verdict LIVE: Ravi Shankar Prasad Takes on Rahul Gandhi After Verdict

    Earlier he (Rahul Gandhi) created a furore saying that Modiji gave the deal to Reliance. Then Dassault said that decision was taken by them, not the Indian Govt. His next lie was former French President Francois Hollande has called PM a ‘thief’, which Hollande denied.
  • 2:04 PM IST
    Rafale Verdict LIVE: Rahul Gandhi Should Apologise, Says BJP

    An apology to the Supreme Court is not enough, said Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
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    Rafale Verdict LIVE: I think matters related to defence preparedness shouldn’t be politicised. Unfortunately, some people did it for personal benefits. They also tried to malign Prime Minister. I would like to say that it was done especially by some senior Congress leaders, Rajnath Singh said after the verdict

  • 11:07 AM IST
    Rafale Verdict LIVE: On Contempt of Court case against Rahul Gandhi
    The contemnor should have been far more careful. We would not like to continue with the proceedings and the contemnor should exercise more caution in the future, the bench said
  • 11:03 AM IST

    Rafale Verdict LIVE: Review Petition is without any merit, observed SC

  • 11:01 AM IST

    Rafale Verdict LIVE: No CBI probe, orders Supreme Court

New Delhi: A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph will pronounce the verdict of the Rafale case, which was one of the contentious debates ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

In September, Union defence minister Rajnath Singh went to France for the hand over of the first Rafale jet for the Indian Air Force. However, there are a few review petitions in front of the apex court.

In December 2018. the Supreme Court had given a clean chit to the Modi government by dismissing please seeking a court-monitored probe into the controversial Rafale deal — a Rs 59,000 crore deal signed between India and France to purchase 36 Rafale jets from Dassault. It was signed by PM Modi during his first term in office.

It was later alleged that India overpaid for the jets or the government broke protocol to benefit Anil Ambani’s Reliance group, which was Dassault’s Indian partner.

The review pleas which led to today’s hearing were filed by advocate Prashant Bhushan and former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie among others.

There is, however, an offshoot of the case.

A contempt plea was filed against Rahul Gandhi for his Chowkidar Chor Hai jibe related to the Rafale scam.

When the Supreme Court agrees to review its December verdict based on the review petitions, then-Congress chief Rahul Gandhi claimed a moral victory and being buoyed by that, he said: “The Supreme Court has made it clear that chowkidarji has committed a theft” in Amethi. BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi filed a case of contempt of court against Rahul Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi expressed regret for “incorrectly” attributing his jibe to the Supreme Court. The Court, however, was not happy with the apology. “If you have made a mistake admit it. What is the meaning of the expression of regret withing brackets,” the bench had said.