SC no to fresh petition in Rafale deal

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a fresh petition filed in connection with the controversial Rafale deal between India and France.

A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said many petitioners are already being heard in this case, adding, what is the need to hear fresh petition.

Earlier on Saturday, the Centre submitted the details to the Supreme Court in a sealed cover about its decision-making process that resulted in award of Rafale Jet purchase deal to French firm Dassault Aviation.

On October 10, a bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph had sought the details from the Centre saying that it just wanted to be satisfied with the legitimacy of the decision-making process of the deal.

The opposition Congress party has been alleging irregularities in the high-profile Defence fighter jets contract signed between India and France in 2016 under National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.

The two PILs were filed by Supreme Court lawyers Vineet Dhanda and ML Sharma seeking an investigation into Rafale deal, besides quashing the agreement in case it is found to be corrupt.

Petitioner ML Sharma argued that there was corruption in the Rs 59,000 crore deal for 36 fighters from France’s Dassault.

On the other hand, the Centre had opposed the PILs and sought their dismissal on the ground that they were ‘politically motivated’ filed to gain political mileage.

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