New Delhi: A fresh PIL was filed in the Supreme Court on Wednesday by advocate Prashant Bhushan, former union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, seeking court monitored CBI probe into a complaint filed by them in connection to the Rafale fighter jet deal between India and France.
They also sought an FIR in connection with the case alleging “criminal misconduct” by high public functionaries.
The complaint was filed on October 4 with the CBI after their meeting with CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma, who was late on Tuesday night directed by the Centre to proceed on leave in the wake of feud with his second-in-command in the agency Rakesh Asthana.
The petition by the trio came two weeks after the apex court had on October 10 asked the Centre to provide details of the decision making process in the Rafale deal with France in a sealed cover by October 29.
It had clarified that it does not want information on pricing and technical particulars. The court’s order had come on two PILs filed by advocates ML Sharma and Vineet Dhanda.
Earlier in the day, Congress president Rahul Gandhi alleged that its Director Alok Verma was removed because the agency was raising questions over the Rafale deal. However, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley rubbished his allegations and said that Verma was removed because he wanted to look into the Rafale fighter jet deal. He added that the government’s decision to remove Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana is based on the Central Vigilance Commission’s recommendations.