‘Dismiss all review pleas in Rafale case’

New Delhi: The Centre has filed written submissions in the Supreme Court stating that all review petitions seeking investigation into the Rafale deal should be dismissed. The submissions were filed in the apex court on Friday. Earlier, advocate Prashant Bhushan, one of the petitioners in the Rafale case, had argued that December 14 judgment did not take note of the plea seeking an investigation in the matter and registration of the first information report (FIR).

He claimed that there was no precedent of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) redacting pricing details from its report regarding the deal. “Not even in one case in the past, pricing details have been redacted. It was unprecedented that pricing details were redacted,” he contended before the bench, also comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph. Bhushan also questioned as to why the standard anti-corruption clauses relating to the deal were allegedly deleted by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). “Eight standard clauses including all standard anti-corruption clauses were dropped from the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) post-August 24, 2016 in Rafale deal and the same was not informed to the court,” he said. In his arguments, Attorney General (AG) KK Venugopal, representing the government, said, “There is no question of any corruption. The court has already decided that in the Rafale case verdict (on December 14 last year).” On pricing of the jets, he said, “The issue was covered under Article 10 of the Inter-Governmental Agreement and was not supposed to be discussed in public domain.”

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