SC adjourns hearing on plea seeking stay on Rafale deal till October 10
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing on a petition which sought a stay on Indo-France 36 Rafale fighter jet deal, till October 10.
The decision for deferment in the hearing came from the apex court after the petitioner advocate ML Sharma appealed a bench which is making the hearing in the case to provide him more time to submit some additional documents.
Notably, Sharma in his pleas has dubbed the $8 billion Rafale deal as an “outcome of corruption” by mentioning the cause therein as its non-ratification by Parliament under Article 253 (Parliament has power to make any law for implementing any inter-government agreement) of the Constitution.
He has also sought for FIRs and prosecutions against PM Narendra Modi, the then defence minister of India Manohar Parikar, business magnet Anil Ambani and French armament firm Dassault in the case.
Notably, a similar plea had also been filed at the apex court in March this year by Congress leader Tehseen S Poonawalla. The plea wanted an independent probe into the deal as well as a court directive to the Central Government on the alleged violation of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) before its inking on September 23, 2016.