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Govt played fraud upon court to obtain favourable Rafale verdict, petitioners claim in Supreme court

Govt played fraud upon court to obtain favourable Rafale verdict, petitioners claim in Supreme court

New Delhi: The Centre misled and played fraud upon the apex court to obtain a favourable order in the Rafale fighter jet case last December, former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie and activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan claimed in the Supreme Court on Thursday.

In a rejoinder affidavit filed in the apex court, they said the December 14 verdict in the Rafale case should be reviewed as the judgement was obtained through "multiple falsehoods and suppression of material and relevant information".

The government was not disclosing the entire material before the court even now and due to this "continued suppression", the petitioners have sought production of relevant and material documents before the court, they said.

"It is clear that the government misled the court on various counts in the notes that were submitted in a sealed cover. The government has also suppressed material and relevant information from the court and obtained the impugned judgement on the basis of fraud played upon the court by the government," they have said in their affidavit.

The rejoinder affidavit was filed by them in response to the reply filed by the Centre last week in which the government had said that "categorical and emphatic" findings recorded by the top court in its December verdict have no apparent error warranting the review.

The Centre said the petitioners, in the garb of seeking review of the verdict and placing reliance on some press reports and incomplete internal file notings procured unauthorisedly and illegally, cannot seek to re-open the whole matter since scope of review petition is "extremely limited".

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi is scheduled to hear on Friday the pleas seeking review of its Rafale case verdict. The apex court had dismissed the plea filed by Sinha, Shourie and Bhushan seeking probe into alleged

irregularities in the multi-crore Rafale fighter jet purchase deal with France.

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