SC to hear plea for probe into Rafale deal on October 10

Defence Legal Politics

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Monday agreed to hear on October 10 a fresh PIL against the Rafale deal between India and France. The bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Navin Sinha and Justice K.M. Joseph adjourned the hearing of matter on Tuesday as petitioner advocate M.L. Sharma had circulated a letter seeking adjournment till October 5 on the grounds that he was not well.

Lawyer Vineet Dhanda,  PIL seeks a direction to the Centre to reveal details of the deal and comparative prices during the UPA and NDA rule to the apex court in a sealed cover. The petition also sought information about the contract given to Reliance by Dassault.

Advocate M.L Sharma’s plea, filed earlier, alleging discrepancies in the fighter jet deal with France and seeking a stay on it will also come up for hearing on October 10.

Initially, the court fixed October 22 as the next date of hearing but as Sharma urged for an early date. However, the court later advanced it to October 10. AAP Rajya Sabha lawmaker Sanjay Singh also moved the apex court through his lawyer, Dheeraj Kumar Singh, by filing a separate petition on the defence deal.

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