The Supreme Court dismissed the petitions filed against the Modi-govt Rafale case verdict and a contempt plea against Rahul Gandhi for his statement, “chowkidar chor hai”. The three-judge bench comprising the Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice KM Joseph passed the order on Thursday. The bench has further asked Gandhi to be more ‘careful’ in the future before making such comments publicly.
The plea against Rahul Gandhi was filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi to which Rahul Gandhi had offered an unconditional apology for commenting on the Prime Minister of India. Rahul Gandhi had made the remarks on April 10, when the court had dismissed the Centre’s preliminary objections over the admissibility of certain documents for supporting the review petitions against the December 14 last year verdict in the Rafale case.
Former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan filed a petition seeking a re-examination of its findings in the Rafale case whose verdict was passed on December 14, 2018. They filed the petition arguing that the material and relevant information were suppressed during the court proceedings.
The top court had then dismissed petitions seeking court-monitored probe into the irregular pricing of the jets to which the court had argued that there is no point of doubt in the decision-making process and also that it was not their job to meddle in the issue of pricing of the fighter planes.