The Supreme Court today dismissed a plea seeking lodging of an FIR to probe the Rafale deal inked with Dassault Aviation.
The Supreme Court today dismissed a plea seeking lodging of an FIR to probe the Rafale deal inked with Dassault Aviation.
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Even as BJP leaders hailed the Supreme Court verdict dismissing a review petition seeking a probe into the Rafale deal, Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to state that the apex court had "opened a huge door into investigation of the Rafale scam".

"An investigation must now begin in full earnest. A Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) must also be set up to probe this scam," he wrote.

Gandhi quoted Justice KM Joseph and said that the judge had "opened a huge door" for a probe.

Earlier today, the Supreme Court had dismissed the review petition. The top court dismissed a plea seeking lodging of an FIR to probe the Rafale deal inked with Dassault Aviation.

Following the verdict, BJP leaders have hailed the desision and demanded an apology from the Congress and Gandhi.

"Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the review petition on Rafale is a befitting reply to those leaders and parties who rely on malicious and baseless campaigns," wrote Home Minister and BJP chief Amit Shah on Twitter.

Also read: SC decision on Rafale 'befitting reply' to those relying on 'malicious, baseless campaigns': Amit Shah

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also said that she welcomed the verdict.

"Shows government’s decision was right on the price, the process and on the offsets. @PMOIndia @narendramodi put #NationalSecurity on top. @IAF_MCC needed to be strengthened without any further delay. #NationFirst. Motivated propaganda defeated," she tweeted.

"National Security can’t be compromised for political ambitions. The Armed Forces were demoralised by the brazen allegations against the then Chief of the Indian Air Force by the Congress," she alleged.

Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad launched a scathing attack on the party stating, "People having saga of corruption from Jeep scandal to Bofors to Submarine to Augusta Westland, were undertaking a political programme masquerading as the quest of justice."

"Raising false allegations on the Rafale deal was the lowest point of political discourse that he stooped to the shameful extent of misquoting the Supreme Court deliberately," he added.

Also read: False allegations on Rafale were shameful; Rahul Gandhi, Cong must apologise: Ravi Shankar Prasad

The court also closed contempt proceedings initiated against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and said that being an important political person, Rahul must remain more careful in future.

A contempt proceeding was initiated against Rahul Gandhi for his remark "Chowkidar Chor Hai", attributing it to the Prime Minister.

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