The Supreme Court today adjourned the hearing on a plea seeking to continue the Rafale fighter jet deal between India and France.
A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Navin Sinha and KM Joseph adjourned the matter until October 10. Advocate Sharma told the bench that he needed to file some further documents within the case and wanted adjournment in the matter.
"You yourself circulated a letter seeking adjournment on the basis of ill health, now you want to file further documents. I will simply postpone the matter till October 10," the bench said.
In his petition, Sharma has alleged inconsistencies with the fighter jet deal with France and wanted a continue it.
Mr Sharma has same in his plea that the inter-government agreement to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets should be suppressed because it is "result of corruption" and not legal by Parliament according to Article 253 (Parliament has power to create any law for implementing any inter-government agreement) of the Constitution.
The petition has conjointly wanted lodging of FIR (First information Report) and prosecution of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former defence Minister and Current Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar, businessman Anil Ambani and French armament firm Dassault, beside cost recovery.
A similar plea was filed within the Supreme Court in March this year seeking further probe into the Rafale deal and revelation of the price before Parliament.
The plea, filed by Congress leader Tehseen S Poonawalla, had wanted issuance of a direction against the Centre on why the Union Cabinet's approval wasn't wanted as a part of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) before signing deal with France on September 2016.
Rafale deal may be a defence agreement signed between the governments of Asian nation and France for the acquisition of thirty six Rafale fighter aircrafts in an exceedingly fly-away condition as a part of the upgrading method of the Indian Air Force instrumentality. The Rafale fighter may be a twin-engine Medium Multi Role Combat craft (MMRCA) factory-made by French part company Dassault Aviation.
Indian Air Force had advanced a proposal to shop for 126 attack aircraft in August 2007 and floated a young. Following this, a call for participation was sent to varied aviation corporations to participate within the bidding method.
Mr Poonawalla had claimed in his plea that the MoD had withdrawn the 2007 tender for procurement of 126 fighter planes, whereas the deal proclaimed for procurement of 36 Rafale attack aircraft was altogether a contemporary procurement.
His plea says that in 2012, the deal for 126 attack aircraft was offered by the then UPA government, and out of the entire of 126, 18 Rafale fighter jets were to be delivered by Dassault Aviation company in an exceedingly fly-away condition, whereas the remaining 108 were to be factory-made in India general public sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in transfer of technology agreement.