Supreme Court adjourns hearing on Rafale fighter jet deal till October 10

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The Supreme Court on September 18 adjourned hearing on a PIL filed by petitioner advocate ML Sharma seeking a stay on the Rafale fighter jet deal between India and France. A SC bench adjourned the matter till October 10.

Petitioner M L Sharma told the apex court bench that he wants to file some additional documents in the case and therefore the matter should be adjourned.

The SC bench comprising of justices Ranjan Gogoi, Navin Sinha and K M Joseph said, “You yourself circulated a letter seeking adjournment on the ground of ill health. Now you are saying that you want to file additional documents. We are simply adjourning the matter to October 10.”

In his petition, Sharma has alleged discrepancies in the Rafale fighter jet deal with France and sought a stay on it.

In his petition advocate Sharma has said that the inter-government deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets must be quashed as it was an “outcome of corruption” and not ratified by Parliament under Article 253 (Parliament has power to make any law for implementing any inter-government agreement) of the Constitution.