There was a setback for the government in the Rafale deal case a day before the first phase of Lok Sabha polls begin as the Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected its objections and decided to rely on fresh documents to decide review petitions.
The top court in December last year had dismissed all petitions seeking a probe into the Rafale fighter jet deal. The petitioners, including Mr. Yashwant Sinha, Mr. Arun Shourie and Mr. Prashant Bhushan, had brought in certain new Ministry of Defence documents and requested the court to consider them to decide their review petition.
A Bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Mr. Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Mr. Justice KM Joseph unanimously rejected the government’s objections. During the open court hearing, the Attorney General, Mr. KK Venugopal, had said that the documents were stolen and the court should not rely on them.