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Supreme Court tells government to respond to Rafale case review petition by Saturday

The government had asked the top court to put off the Rafale review hearing, saying it needs more time to file its affidavit.

india Updated: Apr 30, 2019 16:41 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The Supreme Court will now hear the Rafale review petition on Monday. (PTI)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to respond to the Rafale case review petition by Saturday. The court will hear the matter on Monday.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi did not allow the plea of the Centre that it be granted four weeks time to file its response to the pleas.

The government had asked the top court to put off the Rafale review hearing, saying it needs more time to file its affidavit.

The SC had earlier rejected the government’s counter on the admissibility of some documents used by petitioners. The petitioners are seeking a review of the top court’s verdict last December rejecting a court-ordered probe into the deal to buy Rafale fighter jets.

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The SC judgment had rejected the argument that the documents should not be considered during the hearing because these were sensitive in nature and had been obtained through “unauthorised photocopying and leakage”.

Former Union ministers Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha and activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan have filed a petition seeking review of the December 14, 2018 verdict of the apex court giving clean chit to the Rafale deal.

Besides the trio, AAP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh has also filed a separate review petition in the case.

First Published: Apr 30, 2019 14:58 IST