- Government has asked the Supreme Court to defer the hearing of the review petitions in the Rafale case.The Government has said that it needed more time to file a fresh affidavit.
- However,the apex court allowed the Central government to circulate the letter for adjournment among parties which include petitioners who have filed review pleas.
- Recently,the Supreme Court had dismissed the central government’s plea that the documents related to the purchase of Rafale fighter jets should not be part of the review petition moved in the case.
- The government had argued that documents linked to the Rafale deal were stolen from the defence ministry and newspapers that published these files may have violated the Official Secrets Act.The government has also said that the documents are protected by privilege under Section 123 of the Indian Evidence Act.
- However,the Supreme court had said that the newspaper has the right to publish those documents as the right of such publication is part of the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech.Further,there was no law enacted by Parliament that specifically prohibited the publication of these documents.
- The Rafale fighter is a twin-engine Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft manufactured by French aerospace company Dassault Aviation.
- In 2016,Indian government had inked a direct deal with the French government to purchase 36 new Rafale fighter jets.However,Opposition parties have alleged that the government bought 36 Rafale fighter aircraft at a much higher price than the one that was being negotiated for 126 aircraft by the previous government.
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