Former ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, comprising with advocate Prashant Bhushan, have requested the Supreme Court seeking a review of its December 14 verdict in Rafale case that gave the government a clean chit.
The Supreme Court had ruled that there was no reason to doubt the decision-making process behind the Rafale jet deal, clearing the government, which has been again and again accused by the Congress of corruption in the Rs. 59,000-crore contract. The court rejected a probe and dismissed petitions that had alleged that the government had gone for an overpriced deal to help Anil Ambani’s company bag an offset contract with jet-maker Dassault. “There is no proof of commercial favoritism to any private entity,” the court had said.
In their petition, Mr. Sinha, Mr. Shourie, and Mr. Bhushan stated that the judgment “relied upon patently incorrect claims made by the government in an unsigned note given in a sealed cover” to the Supreme Court. They have also requested for an oral hearing of the petition in an open court.
The petition was filed a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an interview to the news agency, broke his silence on the Congress’ claims of crony capitalism and stated favoring 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 confirmed.
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.