Rafale verdict/ Supreme Court dismisses review petitions, says – no need to order an inquiry

New Delhi: The Supreme Court dismissed the review petitions filed in the Rafale case. The Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice SK Kaul and Justice KM Joseph upheld the judgment delivered on 14 December 2018. The Supreme Court said that we do not feel the need to order an FIR or to conduct an inquiry in this case.

In last year’s judgment, the court had declared Rafale deal was a fixed procedure and gave a clean chit to the government. The court reserved the verdict on 10 May after hearing the review petition. Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, former minister Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, and others had filed a review petition seeking an inquiry into the Rafale deal case.

Rahul needs to be careful: On the matter of misrepresenting the Supreme Court statement on Rafale by Rahul Gandhi, the bench said that we accept his apology. He needs to be cautious in the future. In fact, at that time the Supreme Court agreed to rehear the case, considering the leaked documents of Rafale deal as evidence. On this, Rahul had said that the court has also accepted that Chowkidar is Chor or thief referring to PM Narendra Modi as chowkidar. BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi had filed a contempt case against Rahul.