NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday reserved verdict on petitions looking out out out review of its December 14 Rafale judgment however now no longer sooner than repeatedly asking the Centre why the CBI did no longer register an FIR when the review petitioners filed a criticism prima facie disclosing a
at the same time as the Centre acknowledged no such case used to be made out.
Justice Okay M Joseph, who used to be section of the bench led by CJI
and furthermore comprising Justice Sanjay Okay Kaul, repeatedly asked why the CBI did no longer observe the SC’s Lalita Kumari judgment mandating investigating agencies to register FIR whenever a criticism disclosed a cognisable offence.
“We’re sure by the 5-make a name bench Lalita Kumari judgment,” Justice Joseph acknowledged. A combative authorized expert fundamental Okay Okay Venugopal acknowledged, “There has to be a prima facie case. (Recommend Prashant) Bhushan has no case that’s why he is inquiring for the total Rafale deal recordsdata to provide a prima facie case. Rafale deal is now no longer a contract for building a twin carriageway or a dam for the court docket to inquire about worth component of each section of the deal.
“The CAG has examined it threadbare and got here up with a discovering that the deal is 2.86% much less pricey than the deal that used to be being negotiated with Dassault by the UPA authorities from 2007-2015.”
Justice Joseph then asked “what about switch of craftsmanship?”.
Venugopal acknowledged, “Might possibly soundless the Supreme Court make a name whether there ought to soundless be switch of craftsmanship or now no longer in a defence deal below inter-governmental settlement? Dassault acknowledged that even if switch of craftsmanship took place and HAL manufactured Rafale jets, it may possibly possibly in point of fact probably now no longer guarantee HAL produced fighter jets. Who will guarantee the safety of pilots and all of us?”