Supreme Court will hear Rafale review petition in Open Court

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The Supreme Court decided to hear in open court the review petitions filed against the court’s December 14 judgment which was dismissed holding a stand of Modi government in the Rafale deal. The bench of CJI Gogoi, Justice S K Kaul and K M Joseph decided to hear the review petitions in open court. After an in-chamber proceeding, the bench agreed to grant an open court which means the parties will be heard again to prove that there was "error in the earlier judgment".

Petitioners states that the December 14 verdict contains "patent factual and legal errors" made by the Government in an unsigned note, which is a violation of the principle of natural justice. Earlier on December 14 last year, the Supreme Court had dismissed various petition, observing that there was "no occasion to doubt" the decision-making process of the government in the procurement of 36 Rafale jets from France.