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Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie move SC, say Rafale verdict relies on centre's 'Incorrect' claims
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Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie move SC, say Rafale verdict relies on centre's 'Incorrect' claims



Former BJP ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie and Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan, have requested the Supreme Court seeking a review of its December 14 verdict in Rafale case.
 
The three are also asking for 'recalling of Rafale's judgement' and for a granting of an oral hearing in open court for their review plea. The plea alleges that the Rafale verdict relies upon "patently incorrect claims" made by the Centre in an unsigned note given to the Supreme Court.
 
The petition also claimed that several new facts have came to the light after the judgement was reserved in the matter.
 
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had held that "broadly the processes have been followed” and that India cannot remain unprepared in skies when its adversaries have acquired the most modern fighter planes. 
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The petition also claimed that several new facts have came to the light after the judgement was reserved in the matter.
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"We are satisfied that there is no occasion to really doubt the process, and even if minor deviations have occurred, that would not result in either setting aside the contract or requiring a detailed scrutiny by the court,” said the bench, also comprising Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph. 

Underlining the limited scope of judicial review in the matters of defence deals, the top court maintained that it will not be correct for the court to sit as an appellate authority to scrutinise each aspect of the process of acquisition when the need and quality of Rafale aircraft are not in question.
 
The petition was filed a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an interview to news agency ANI, broke his silence on the Congress' claims of crony capitalism and alleged favouring of industrialist Anil Ambani in the Rafale deal. PM Modi said that they were not of a "personal" nature. "This is not a personal allegation against me but an allegation against my government. If there's any allegation against me personally, let them dig who gave what, when and where and to whom," he said.

The Congress is insisting on a joint parliamentary committee probe although the Supreme Court has said that it found "nothing wrong" with the Rafale deal.
 

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