Rahul Gandhi Sees 'Huge Door Opened' For Probe Into Rafale Deal, Cites Justice KM Joseph's 'Separate Verdict'
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi. (Photo Credits: IANS)

New Delhi, November 14: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday demanded the setting up of Joint parliamentary Committee (JPC) to initiate a probe into the Rafale Deal. The Congres leader in a tweet said that Justice Joseph's concurring opinion has opened a huge door into an investigation of the Rafale scam. He added that investigation should begin at the earliest. He also alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is lying on the Rafale Deal. Rafale Review Plea Verdict: Rajnath Singh Lauds Supreme Court Judgment, Ex-IAF Chief BS Dhanoa Says 'Vindicated'

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."

Rahul Gandhi's Tweet:

In the concurring opinion, Justice KM Joseph stated that though the petitioners aimed at disclosing cognizable offences so the FIR should have been registered but taking in consideration the section 17 A of the Prevention and Corruption Act the review petition could not make out a case.

Even one of the petitioners Prashant Bhushan, referring to Justice Joseph's concurring opinion echoed made similar observations. He tweeted, "However Joseph J has said that our complaint makes out a serious case&FIR should have been registered&investigation done by CBI." Bhuashna further added, "But because PC Act was changed to require govt permission,that must be taken. Why is CBI not seeking it?"

Meanwhile, the Congress also took a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Paty (BJP) Party spokesperson said that the saffron party has a habit of celebrating before knowing the details. During a press conference Surjewala said, "BJP is in habit of celebrating without going into details of verdict. The Supreme Court order has paved the way for a probe into the Rafale deal. The verdict has opened a window for a detailed enquiry into the matter."

Earlier in the day, The three-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices SK Paula and KM Joseph dismissed the petitioners' demand seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the matter. The CJI Gogoi-led bench told the petitioners that it would not be reviewing its erstwhile order which gave clean chit to the Rafale deal.