SC agrees to hear Bhushan’s plea for SIT in Rafale scam

 

Highlights:

  • SC has agreed to hear the petition filed by Bhushan, Shourie and Sinha
  • Trio seeks a monitored probe into corruption by public servants in Rafale deal
  • Seeks that SC direct CBI to register FIR and begin probe
  • Also seeks that the probe is conducted in a time-bound manner and without intimidating or influencing investigators

 

The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear the plea filed by former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie and activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan, seeking registration of an FIR into the Rafale fighter jet deal between India and France, alleging “criminal misconduct” by high public functionaries.

The petition was filed on Wednesday.

They also sought a direction to the CBI to investigate the offences mentioned in their complaint in a “time-bound” manner and submit periodic status reports to the apex court.
The complaint was filed on October 4 with the CBI after their meeting with CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma, who was late Tuesday night directed by the Centre to proceed on leave in the wake of feud with his second-in-command in the agency Rakesh Asthana.

The petition by the trio came two weeks after the apex court had on October 10 asked the Centre to provide details of the decision making process in the Rafale deal with France in a sealed cover by October 29. It had clarified that it does not want information on pricing and technical particulars. The court’s order had come on two PILs filed by advocates M L Sharma and Vineet Dhanda.