New Delhi: The Supreme Court said on Tuesday that petitions calling for a review of the Rafale case judgment would be heard in open court. (Also read: ‘Why CAG Report Never Reached PAC,’ Asks Rahul)
The petitions for review of the top court’s December verdict came after the Centre called for a correction in the verdict. The petitions, filed by Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, advocate Prashant Bhushan and Aam Aadmi party MP Sanjay Singh, said that the court should to reconsider its judgment.
The apex court said it would also hear all the petitions connected with Rafale, including the Centre’s plea for modification of a “factual error” in the December verdict, where it mentions a CAG report.
The CAG’s report was placed before the Parliament in the session that ended on February 13. In its petition, the Centre said the court had misunderstood the procedure mentioned in the report it presented in a sealed cover.
The three-judge bench has not given a date for the hearing yet.
In December, the top court had dismissed petitions that called for a probe into India’s deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets, saying that it saw no occasion to doubt the decision-making process to acquire the planes.
The petitioners have claimed that Central government officials had misled the court, supplying it with false information.
The Centre had defended the deal on the grounds of an “urgent requirement” for national security and had justified the scrapping of the earlier deal for 126 aircraft as it was taking too long to reach conclusion.