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Rafale verdict Updates: SC verdict opened doors for proper probe, says Congress

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New Delhi, Nov 14: The Supreme Court has rejected the review petitions in the Rafale case. A review petition had been filed challenging the clean chit given to the NDA government in the purchase of 36 fully loaded Rafale jets from France under the inter-governmental deal.

Rafale review verdict LIVE: Will clean chit to govt be upheld?

The top court has closed the contempt case against Rahul Gandhi in which he attributed his remark, Chowkidar Chor Hai to the Rafale judgment of the Supreme Court.

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4:19 PM, 14 Nov
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala once again reiterated his party's nine questions on Rafale deal.
3:54 PM, 14 Nov
"Today’s decision,yet again,reaffirms Modi sarkar’s credentials as a govt which is transparent and corruption free," he adds.
3:53 PM, 14 Nov
SC’s decision to dismiss the review petition on Rafale is a befitting reply to those leaders and parties who rely on malicious and baseless campaigns, says Home Minister Amit Shah.
2:25 PM, 14 Nov
Prasad said, 'It is recognition of the honest decision making process of the Narendra Modi government...Satayamav Jayete. The Congress party must apologise and Rahul Gandhi in particular must apologise to the country."
2:24 PM, 14 Nov
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asked Rahul for an apology and said the BJP wished to know who was behind the Congressman's campaign.
1:25 PM, 14 Nov
Hope the matter is now laid to rest. Raking up such issues to get political gains, putting the interest of your armed forces behind, I think is not right, he says
1:21 PM, 14 Nov
BS Dhanoa, former chief of the Air Staff: I think we have been vindicated. In December 2018 I had issued a statement that Supreme Court has given a fine judgement and at that time some people said that I was being political, which was incorrect.
12:59 PM, 14 Nov
Union Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court's dismissal of the review petitions in the Rafale case.
12:51 PM, 14 Nov
SC verdict huge victory for Narendra Modi led govt, says BJP general secretary (organisation) B L Santhosh.
12:47 PM, 14 Nov
From road to Parliament, Rahul Gandhi and his party tried hard to mislead the country on this issue but truth prevailed. I wish Rahul Gandhi would be in country and should offer apologies to nation, says BJP working president, JP Nadda.
12:09 PM, 14 Nov
"Truth triumphs. Truth can be bothered but not defeated," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.
12:09 PM, 14 Nov
The BJP on Thursday reacted with jubilation to the Supreme Court's decision to reject review petitions for probing the Rafale deal, saying truth has triumphed and that it is a huge victory for the Modi government.
11:54 AM, 14 Nov
Recting to Rafale verdict, BJP leader GVL Narsimha Rao says "Hope that after today's SC verdict court hearing was a slap to Congress' and Rahul Gandhi's face, hope that after today's erdict, Rahul Gandhi will be more careful."
11:07 AM, 14 Nov
While closing the contempt case against Rahul Gandhi, the SC said that he should be more careful in future. He uttered the words, Chowkidar Chor Hai, without even reading the Rafale judgment of the Supreme Court dated December 2018.
11:06 AM, 14 Nov
Justice S K Kaul who read out the verdict said that there are no grounds to order an FIR. The court cannot initiate a roving and fishing inquiry. There are no grounds for an FIR, the court said while rejecting the review petitions.
11:03 AM, 14 Nov
The court also closed the contempt plea against Rahul Gandhi. The court said that Rahul Gandhi needs to be more careful in future for attributing to the court his remarks.
11:01 AM, 14 Nov
With the review petitions being rejected, the earlier order of the court that gave the government a clean chit remains in force.
11:01 AM, 14 Nov
The Supreme Court said that there is no ground to order an FIR into the procurement of the Rafale jets. No merit in plea seeking probe into defence deal says SC.
10:59 AM, 14 Nov
SC rejects review petitions in Rafale case.
10:17 AM, 14 Nov
The verdict will be delivered by a three-judge Bench comprising Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K M Joseph.
9:04 AM, 14 Nov
A review petition had been filed challenging the clean chit given to the NDA government in the purchase of 36 fully loaded Rafale jets from France under the inter-governmental deal.
9:04 AM, 14 Nov
The court had observed that it is not its job to go into pricing when the need and quality of aircraft is not in doubt. Further the court also said it did not find anything wrong in the selection of the Indian offset partners by Dassault. All the pleas have been dismissed. The court also said that no further review is required, while also adding that no probe is required into the pricing aspect or decision making process for the purchase of the aircraft.
9:04 AM, 14 Nov
On the offset partner the Bench said that it is up to the vendor and not the central government to decide on the same. It is not for the court to step into what is appropriate. Mere press interviews cannot be the basis of the same. There is no commercial favouritism and hence there is no need to intervene.
9:04 AM, 14 Nov
On January 2, Sinha, Shourie and Bhushan had approached the court seeking review of the judgement, alleging that the court had relied upon "patently incorrect" claims made by the government in an unsigned note given in a sealed cover in the court.
9:03 AM, 14 Nov
The Centre had submitted that three privileged documents were unauthorisedly removed from the Defence Ministry and used by the petitioners to support their review petitions against the verdict which had dismissed all pleas challenging the procurement of the fighter jets.
9:03 AM, 14 Nov
The top court had rejected the objections raised by the Centre that those documents were not admissible as evidence under Section 123 of the Indian Evidence Act, and no one can produce them in court without the permission of the department concerned as they are also protected under the Official Secrets Act.
9:03 AM, 14 Nov
This would be the last major judgment to be delivered by CJI Ranjan Gogoi. He had delivered the landmark Ayodhya judgment on Saturday last. On Wednesday, he also led a Bench that held that the CJI’s office comes under the purview of the RTI Act subject to reasonable restrictions.
9:01 AM, 14 Nov
The Hindu in an article had cited internal documents and said that there were parallel discussions by the PMO on the deal. The report said that this weakened the negotiating positions by the Ministry of Defence and the negotiating team. The report also said that the deal became costlier for India as France refused to provide bank guarantees.
8:57 AM, 14 Nov
Venugopal said the application filed by Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and Prashant Bhushant, seeking from the court a review of its verdict dismissing pleas for a probe into against the Rafale deal, had annexed three documents which were photocopies of the original.
8:47 AM, 14 Nov
There was a full blown controversy over these documents, with the Centre represented by Attorney General K K Venugopal saying that these documents were stolen. However later on he claimed that the Rafale documents were not stolen from the Defence Ministry and that what he meant in his submission before the Supreme Court was that petitioners in the application used "photocopies of the original" papers, deemed secret by the government
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