Rafale fighter jet

News:Defence Minister has formally received the Indian Air Force’s first Rafale fighter jet from a series of 36 such aircraft purchased from France. Facts: In 2016,Indian government had inked a direct deal with the French government to purchase 36 new Rafale fighter jet. About Rafale fighter jet: Rafale is a twin-engine medium multi-role combat aircraft.It… Continue reading Rafale fighter jet

Rafale review pleas: govt seeks time to file response

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… Continue reading Rafale review pleas: govt seeks time to file response

Rahul on the verge of contempt of court, says Nirmala Sitharaman

Defence Minister has said that the Congress president’s comments on Rafale review petition amount to contempt of the Supreme Court. Earlier,Congress President has thanked the Supreme Court for rejecting the Centre’s objections over the admissibility of the leaked documents cited by petitions seeking a review of the Rafale verdict. Contempt of court is an offense… Continue reading Rahul on the verge of contempt of court, says Nirmala Sitharaman

RTI Act supersedes official secrets law

The Supreme Court has said that the Centre cannot withhold documents from disclosure under the RTI Act citing national security and relations with a foreign state.However,the applicant must establish that withholding of such information produces greater harm than disclosing it. The observation was made by a Supreme court judge in which the Court has allowed… Continue reading RTI Act supersedes official secrets law

SC rejects Centre’s plea to keep Rafale documents secret

The Supreme Court has 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… Continue reading SC rejects Centre’s plea to keep Rafale documents secret

Poll panel steps in to allow launch of book on Rafale deal

An election flying squad had stayed the release of a book on the Rafale aircraft deal titled Nattai Ulukkum Rafale Bera Oozhal (The Rafale scam that is rocking the country), and seized its copies. Officials said that the release of the book was in violation of the Model Code of Conduct. However, later the book… Continue reading Poll panel steps in to allow launch of book on Rafale deal

RTI trumps Official Secrets Act, says SC

The Supreme Court has reserved its order on whether it would examine the documents submitted by Petitioners to review its order on the Rafale deal. The government had argued these documents are privileged and cannot be produced in court without its permission.While,petitioners had said that everything cannot be dismissed in the name of national security.… Continue reading RTI trumps Official Secrets Act, says SC

Citizens protest against threat to use Official Secrets Act

People protested against the government for threatening to book a journalist under Official secrets Act(OSA) for publishing stories on the Rafale deal. Government had informed the Supreme Court that documents linked to the Rafale fighter jet deal were photocopied from the defence ministry and newspapers that published these files may have violated the Official Secrets… Continue reading Citizens protest against threat to use Official Secrets Act

Relevance of proof matters, not means

The Supreme Court has disagreed with the government’s view that the documents relied on by petitioners were inadmissible since they were stolen.A petition have been filed in the Supreme court to review its earlier refusal to order an investigation into the Rafale deal. Supreme Court has said that the evidence obtained through illicit means can… Continue reading Relevance of proof matters, not means

Rafale documents ‘stolen’ remark: how can govt defend the country, ask Opposition parties

The government opposed any review of the Supreme Court’s earlier refusal to order an investigation into the Rafale deal. Government informed the Supreme Court that documents linked to the Rafale fighter jet deal were stolen from the defence ministry and newspapers that published these files may have violated the Official Secrets Act. Official Secrets Act… Continue reading Rafale documents ‘stolen’ remark: how can govt defend the country, ask Opposition parties