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SC rules out probe in Rafale deal, cautions Rahul to be careful in future

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New Delhi: Warning Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to be more careful in future, the Apex Court on Thursday rejected petitions seeking an inquiry into the Rafael fighter jet deal. The court closed a contempt case against Rahul linked to the issue.

The top court said it found no merit in the pleas for review of its earlier ruling in which it had given a clean chit to the government and ruled out any “roving” inquiry into the deal for procuring 36 fighter planes from French company Dassault.

The court had on May 10 reserved its order on the petitions filed by lawyer Prashant Bhushan and former Union ministers Yashwant Singh and Arun Shourie, seeking a review of its ruling of December last year that there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process involved in the Rafale deal.

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and including Justices S.K. Kaul and K.M. Joseph said the court does not find it necessary to order a “roving” inquiry or an FIR into the deal to probe the deal announced in April 2015 during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France.

The Rafale deal issue was raked up vigorously by the Congress during campaigning in the last Lok Sabha election, with its then President Rahul Gandhi alleging corruption in it and targeting the Prime Minister through his slogan “Chowkidar chor hai” (watchman is the thief).

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Nirbhaya”s killers fate to be decided on Dec 18: Court

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New Delhi: As Nirbhaya”s parents moved the Patiala House Court on Friday seeking to expedite the execution of their daughter”s killers seven years since the brutal crime, the Delhi court said it will wait for the Supreme Court”s order taht will be hearing the matter as well on December 17.

Judge Satish Kumar Arora said the matter can be passed after the apex court hearing ends. The top court will on Tuesday take up a review petition of Akshay, one of the December 16 gang rape accused.

Reprimanding A.P. Singh, advocate for the convict, the judge said: “Aren”t you making it an endless exercise?”

The next date of hearing is December 18.

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