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Rafale Deal: Supreme Court to review petitions on merits; rejects Central Government's preliminary objections
Posted on: 10-04-2019 , 11:11:AM | DY365 Bureau

 Picture Courtesy: Deccan Herald

April 10, 2019: Ina recent development, the Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected Centre's preliminary objections to petitions seeking review of its earlier - December 14, 2018, judgment - where it gave a clean chit to Union government in the Rafale defence deal.

A three-judge bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph said it would now go ahead with the hearing of review petitions in the light of new documents cited by petitioners alleging wrong doing in Rafale deal.

The bench further stated that it will fix a date for commencing detailed hearing on the review petitions which question not only the pricing of Rafale jets but appointment of Anil Ambani owned company as offset partner of Dassault, the French aircraft manufacturer of Rafale.
It may be stated that the Centre had pleaded that the documents attached to the review petition of Prashant Bhushan, Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha were unauthorisedly photocopied from defence files and that these would have inimical impact on national security and friendly relations with France. 

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