Rafale Case: Centre seeks more time from Top Court to file Fresh Affidavit; asks to defer Hearing

Central Government on Monday filed a reply in the Top Court seeking more time to file a fresh plea in connection with Rafale review petition case. The Government further asked the court to defer the hearing which was fixed for tomorrow.

However, the Court did not pass any order on this but allowed the government counsel to circulate the letter of adjournment among all stakeholders on Tuesday during the hearing.

Earlier on April 10, the three-judge Top Court bench headed by the CJI Ranjan Gogoi giving a major jolt to Bharatiya Janata Party-led Central Government unanimously rejected the objections raised by Government against the review pleas filed for apex court’s decision on the Rafale deal.

The Top Court also allowed the admissibility of three documents in Rafale deal as evidence in re-examining the review petitions filed against the SC’s December 14 judgement refusing to order probe in procuring 36 Rafale fighter jets from France.

The Highest Court further said Rafale review pleas will be heard in detail by the court. The Top Court said, ‘as far as the question of hearing of review plea on Rafale judgement is concerned, it will give a detailed hearing later on’.

The Top Court letter fixed the date of April 30 for the hearing in the case.

Earlier the top Court had in March reserved the verdict on the Issue. Attorney General arguing in the Court has said that the documents are ‘privileged’, photocopied and cannot be produced in court without its permission. He further asked the Court that the classified Documents should be taken out from the plea.

READ: Rafale Case: Setback to Centre as SC rejects Govt’s Objection on ‘leaked’ Docs; Court to examine ‘privileged’ Docs


The Supreme Court on December 14 rejected the Petition filed seeking a court-monitored CBI-led investigation into the Rafale deal involving ₹59,000 crores for the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets. A Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that there is no reason to doubt the deal.

Several Review Petitions include one joint by Arun Shourie, Prashant Bhushan and Yashwant Sinha were filed against SC Verdict of December 14, and the Top Court is hearing those review petitions.



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