The Congress on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court’s verdict to dismiss objections raised by Centre on the pleas to review apex court’s decision on Rafale deal.
Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati also reacted to the Supreme Court verdict and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s effort to “hide corruption” in the Rafale deal has “failed”.
Mayawati said PM Narendra Modi should “apologise for lying” in Parliament and the current defence minister should resign.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the Centre’s preliminary objections seeking review of an earlier judgment giving a clean chit to the Union government in the Rafale deal. “This is a victory for India! We welcome the Supreme Court’s judgment to review the Rafale petition. Satyamev Jayate!,” Congress said on Twitter.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph said: “We dismiss the preliminary objection raised by Union of India questioning the maintainability of the review petition.”
The top court said it will go ahead with the hearing on the review petition on the basis of new documents referred by petitioners.
The judgment makes it clear that during the hearing of the review petition the bench will look into not only the question of pricing of the jet but also selection of Indian offset partner of Dassault which manufactures Rafale.
The top court said review petitions against its December 14 verdict dismissing all petitions against procurement of Rafale jets will be decided on merit.
Former Union minister Arun Shourie, who is one of the review petitioners, said he was delighted by the unanimous verdict.
“We are delighted it is an unanimous verdict dismissing Central government’s peculiar argument on admissibility of documents. Centre’s argument meant that no wrong can be done in the defence deal,” Shourie said.