The Supreme Court is likely to hear, on March 6, the petitions seeking a recall and review of its judgment giving a clean chit to the Modi government on acquiring 36 Rafale jet fighters in a ready-to-fly condition from French company Dassault Aviation.
The bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice K.M. Joseph had on February 26 decided to hold an open court hearing of the pleas seeking the recall of its judgment on several grounds, including information that has come into public domain after its pronouncement.
The bench, in its order on February 26, had said, “List the matters for hearing in open Court along with a plea for the initiation of perjury proceedings against officials allegedly for misleading the court and suppressing the information.”
The plea for the recall of the judgment has been filed by former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, journalist-turned-politician Arun Shourie and activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who had filed the original petitions, and others.
The top court had, on December 14, 2018, dismissed four petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the purchase of the jet fighters.
The recall of the verdict had been slouch in January 2, 2019, contending that the court had “relied upon patently incorrect claims made by the government in an unsigned note given in a sealed cover”.
Shourie, Sinha and Bhushan claimed that more information had come to light subsequently and not considering them would result in grave miscarriage of justice and requested that it be heard in open court.