Home News Reports Prashant Bhushan submits rejoinder affidavit in Rafale review petition, repeats the same lies

Prashant Bhushan submits rejoinder affidavit in Rafale review petition, repeats the same lies

Prashant Bhushan alleges that the government obtained the SC judgement on Rafale through fraud

Lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan has submitted a rejoinder affidavit at the Supreme Court, in the review petition filed against the Rafale deal. The rejoinder was filed as a response to reply of the union government in the case, as instructed by the court.

The affidavit rejects the three broad contentions made by the government. The government had said that as the matter pertains to national security, the scope of judicial review is limited; petitioners cannot ask for a “roving and fishing inquiry” based on subsequent media reports; and CAG has not found any wrongdoing in the contract in its final report after considering all records. Prashant Bhushan says that these arguments made by the government are not justified.

The affidavit says that if the complaint prima facie discloses a cognizable offence then an FIR has to be mandatorily registered and investigated. But in this case, CBI did not take any action on the complaint of the petitioners.

- Advertisement - - article resumes -

Prashant Bhushan states that the court had dismissed their petition as if the petitioners were asking for a cancellation or review of the contract. The affidavit says that the deal was granted after the announcement about the same was made, and PMO officials were doing parallel negotiations which were objected by the defence ministry. It also alleges that several clauses applicable for defence purchases were removed in the deal, like Sovereign Guarantee and Seat of Arbitration.

The affidavit also says that domain experts in the Indian Negotiation Team had strongly objected to the increase in benchmark price, delivery schedule, sovereign guarantee, seat of arbitration and provisions in offset contract.

Prashant Bhushan alleges that the government has misled the government in various aspects of the deal in its response which was submitted in a sealed cover. He also accuses the government of suppressing information and says that the government obtained the judgement on the basis of fraud.

It can be seen that in the rejoinder affidavit, Prashant Bhushan has not brought any new allegation, he is merely repeating the same complaints which have comprehensibly rebutted already. It is on record that the Indian Negotiation Team submitted its decision unanimously, without any dissent. What the anti-Rafale petitioners are relying on are details of meetings when many things are discussed, objected, accepted etc. But the final decision of such meetings matter, not how those decisions were arrived at. Regarding the dropping of certain provisions, it is a known fact that in government to government contracts, provisions like sovereign guarantee are regularly dropped, and they were dropped in previous similar defence deals. It was not something that was done for the first time in the Rafale deal. The allegations of defence ministry objecting to PMO’s alleged interference has been dismissed by former defence minister late Manohar Parrikar. Even the stolen document submitted by the petitioners had Parrikar’s note on it dismissing the apprehensions of an official, who was not even part of the negotiating team.

The Supreme Court will next hear the case on May 10. The Contempt case against Rahul Gandhi for attributing chowkidar chor hai will also be heard together with the main review petition. Yesterday the Congress president submitted his unconditional apology to the apex court for his comments.

Help Us Reach Every Indian, Please Share This Post
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Advertisement

Big Story

The Kolkata police finally swung into action and arrested seven men: Sheik Rahit, Fardin Khan, Sk. Sabir Ali, Sk. Gani, Sk. Imran Ali, Sk. Wasim and Atif Khan, for allegedly harassing the complainant.

2019 World Cup Is Here!

Catch the latest on Cricket World Cup as it unfolds, special coverage by Opindia

Anjana Om Kashyap heckles doctors and nurses in Bihar hospital

What you did in that ICU is not journalism, Anjana Om Kashyap, it is insensitive, creating a nuisance and endangering lives

A video came to light earlier where Anjana Om Kashyap, a senior journalist from the India Today group was seen heckling and questioning a doctor inside the ICU over the outbreak of Encephalitis in Bihar
Ushoshi Sengupta was allegedly chased and attacked, along with her Uber driver by a mob in Kolkata

Kolkata: Former Miss India, Uber driver attacked by mob, Fardin Khan, Sheik Rahit, and 5 others arrested

The Kolkata police finally swung into action and arrested seven men: Sheik Rahit, Fardin Khan, Sk. Sabir Ali, Sk. Gani, Sk. Imran Ali, Sk. Wasim and Atif Khan, for allegedly harassing the complainant.

Ajaz who had set ablaze woman Police officer in Kerala dies while undergoing treatment in hospital

Ajaz had suffered 40% burns during the tussle that took place between Pushpakaran and him after he set her ablaze and was admitted to ICU at Alappuzha Medical College.

Rapper Hard Kaur goes mental on social media: Blames RSS Chief for terror attacks, calls Yogi ‘OrangeRapeMan’

Taran Kaur Dhillon, more popularly known by her stage name Hard Kaur, appears to have fallen over the edge.

After threatening Jesus to choose between her and Rakhi Sawant, Tanushree Dutta questions Modi’s ‘Ram Rajya’

The Mumbai police have recently filed a B Summary report, giving a clean chit to Bollywood actor Nana Patekar, in connection with actor Tanushree Dutta sexual harassment case
Gujarat: Past karma will haunt Congress in fascinating Rajya Sabha bypoll irony

Gujarat: Past karma will haunt Congress in fascinating Rajya Sabha bypoll irony

The bypolls for the 2 vacant Rajya Sabha seats from Gujarat are going to be held shortly. The Congress has moved the SC, but given the clear precedents, it is quite clear that they have no chance of winning in court.

Media does it again: Portrays JeM Pulwama terrorist as a chocolate boy who turned murderous due to Indian Army

In numerous instances, they have tried to humanize terrorists themselves as well. The latest entrant to the party is a report on Hindustan Times by Ashiq Hussain.

As Swati Chaturvedi mourns the loss of her imaginary credibility, her past faff pieces come to haunt her

Even though she wants to put the blame on us, we can't possibly be held responsible if Swati Chaturvedi's peers doubt her 'credibility'.

While Kejriwal plans woman safety with ‘free rides’, Delhi streetlights may go dark as power bill remains unpaid

Its time Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal realises that 'free travelling' might not contribute as much towards women safety as probably proper well-lit streets would
Subscribe to Day's Top Stories
- Advertisment -

Latest articles

Connect with us

170,989FansLike
149,735FollowersFollow
69,891SubscribersSubscribe
Help Us Reach Every Indian, Please Share This Post