Top Court expresses unhappiness over defective Review Pleas in Rafale Case; says ‘such’ pleas causing delay

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The Supreme Court on Friday expressed displeasure over some lawyers filing defective petitions and seeking wide publicity in the media while referring to review pleas challenging its verdict in the Rafale case.

The Apex Court Bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi pulled up lawyers for filing defective pleas. He said lawyers file petitions in the apex court registry and instead of removing the defects of the pleas, they go to media for wide publicity.

“The other side is not so innocent…The petitioners go to media and claim wide publicity,” the bench of Chief Justice Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said while referring to defective review petitions filed challenging its verdict on December 14 in the Rafale Case.

The apex court’s observation came when it was hearing lawyers mentioning cases for urgent listing and hearing.

Earlier, The Apex Court on December 14 rejected the Petition filed seeking a court-monitored CBI-led investigation into the Rafale deal involving Rs. 59,000 crores for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets. A Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi ruled, “We are satisfied that there is no reason to doubt the process is followed and the need of aircraft is not in doubt.”

PILs were filed by noted lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan, Former Union ministers Arun Shourie and Yashwant SinhaAAP leader Sanjay Singh, and lawyers ML Sharma and Vineet Dhanda. The court replied, “We can’t sit in judgment over the purchase of 36 aircraft against 126 fighter jets.”

Several petitions seeking review of the verdict, including one by Former Union Ministers Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie along with Prashant Bhushan. The petition filed by the trio stated that the recent judgment contains several factual errors and also the judgement relies upon patently incorrect claims made by the Government in an unsigned note given in a sealed cover to the court, which is a violation of a principle of natural justice.

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Later, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh also filed a review petition in the Top Court on January 14. AAP Leader Leader in his Petition demanded the identification of the individual who misled the top Court.

The Rafale Controversy in the last few months is on the boil with both BJP and Congress trading barbs on each other. The Congress and other opposition parties have been alleging irregularities in the high-profile deal and asking a JPC on the issue.

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