Rafale verdict opens door for JPC probe: Rahul Gandhi
New Delhi, Nov 14 : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said the Supreme Court verdict has opened a “huge door” into investigation of the “Rafale scam” and demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the fighter jet deal.
Gandhi tweeted: “Justice Joseph of the Supreme Court has opened a huge door into investigation of the RAFALE scam. An investigation must now begin in full earnest. A Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) must also be set up to probe this scam.”
The Congress party also said the BJP has been celebrating the Rafale verdict without studying the judgement properly and added that through its verdict the Supreme Court had “opened the gates for investigation” of the fighter jet deal by agencies.
“The BJP has a habit of celebrating without studying the judgements. The Supreme Court in the Rafale case today opened the gates for investigation by agencies, as it accepted that the issues of feasibility, technical specifications and price of the jets does not come under its purview under Article 32,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala at a press conference.
The Congress alleged that the BJP was “misleading the nation” on the Rafale judgement and said that they should allow CBI to investigate the Rafale deal case “without any political pressure”.
Earlier, the Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a review petition seeking a probe into the Rafale deal. Justice S.K. Kaul while reading the judgement said that the review petition is without merit.
The top court dismissed a plea seeking lodging of an FIR to probe the Rafale deal inked with Dassault Aviation. The court also closed contempt proceedings initiated against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and said that being an important political person, Rahul must remain more careful in future.
Contempt proceeding was initiated against Rahul Gandhi for his remark “Chowkidar Chor Hai”, attributing it to the Prime Minister.
A bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S.K. Kaul and K.M. Joseph said that Rahul Gandhi, being a person holding a place of importance in the political spectrum, should have been more careful before attributing to the top court certain things which were not part of the order.
“Justice Joseph of the Supreme Court has opened a huge door into investigation of the RAFALE scam. An investigation must now begin in full earnest. A Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) must also be set up to probe this scam,” Rahul Gandhi.
SC said its hands are tied, but not those of CBI: Congress
Congress: “The court has made it clear that its hands might be bound by constitutional boundaries, but not that of an independent investigation agency.”
“Today the top court justified the Congress’ appeal that under Article 32 of the Constitution, the Supreme Court has limited rights and cannot probe the Rafale case. Therefore the Congress did not approach the Supreme Court. “
SC judgment paves the way for independent investigation: Congress
Surjewala: In last 5 years, the BJP has developed a very bad habit of celebrating without analysing. The Supreme Court’s judgment in the Rafale case should not be celebrated by the BJP as it paves the way for an independent investigation.
SC judgment not a victory for BJP: Congress
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala Thursday said the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the review petitions in its 2018 judgment in Rafale judgment is not the BJP’s victory as the apex court has not ruled any scope of an independent investigation.
“The court said it is restricted by law, but if any agency like police and CBI can carry out an independent investigation.” he said.
“The court also said that it would not stand in the way of any independent investigation,” he added.