Rafale deal verdict live updates: Supreme Court dismisses review petition on the basis on ‘Lack of merit’

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Supreme Court dismissed Rafale review Petition saying it lacks merit and plea for FIR on officials on charges of perjury “not fair”.

Rafale deal which was a point of contention between the Modi government and Congress party in the run-up to Lok Sabha elections earlier this year will see a major turn tomorrow. It was the congress party that stoked the Rafale controversy in the first place. Ahead of Lok Sabha elections, the party also made it a poll plank, which apparently didn’t work as expected. But for over the last year that the party held up the issue, it definitely gathered a lot of moss. We can say it was one of the most talked-about topics of 2018.

The whole issue was the Modi government scrapped the deal of 126 Rafale fighter jets that India was negotiating with France and instead entered into an intergovernmental agreement for 36 Rafale jets. Now, the Congress party said that the earlier deal of 126 jets would have helped state-owned Hindustan Aeronautical Limited as it was to work with the French company Dassault. There was a condition of technology transfer too which would have helped India.
However, the new deal had no such provisions. Congress pointed out several discrepancies in the new deal which were going against India. It also alleged that PM Modi did personal favor on Anil Ambani and awarded him an offset contract. There were allegations of hiked prices of jets too.
PILs were filed in the supreme court seeking court-monitored probe. On 14 December 2018 Supreme Court dismissed all petitions.
A CBI inquiry was demanded by former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shouri and lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan, they sought review of SC verdict. Meanwhile, some documents came out in The Hindu which indicated that the centre had not revealed certain important happenings regarding the case to Supreme Court. Now the final verdict on the review is pending.
The entire rafale case had also given birth to the Congress’ one-liner campaign slogan of Chowkidar chor hai. Congress then-president
Rahul Gandhi
had even called Narendra Modi a thief for which contempt case has been filed against him. The Supreme court will also deliver its verdict on that case.

Follow the live updates here:

11.03 AM

SC dismisses Rafale review Petition for want of merit. Plea for FIR on charges of perjury “not fair”. Disposes of the contempt plea against Rahul Gandhi with a word of caution

11.02 AM

Review petitions are dismissed by SC 3 judge bench but in contempt plea against Ex Congress President Rahul Gandhi, SC accepted his apology and warns him to give statement cautiously in future

10.31 AM

SC three-judge bench comprising of CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph will be pronouncing judgment in Rafale Review pleas after Sabrimala decision today


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