BJP hails Rafale verdict triumph of truth

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Terming the Supreme Court’s verdict that rejected review pleas seeking a probe into the Rafale deal as a huge victory for the Modi government, the BJP on Thursday (November 14) said that truth has triumphed.

Referring to the judgment that said there was no merit in the review pleas, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said, “Truth triumphs. Truth can be bothered but not defeated.”

The Supreme Court on Thursday gave a clean chit to the Narendra Modi government in the Rafale fighter jets deal case, saying review petitions were without merit.

The court rejected pleas which had sought re-examination of the December 14, 2018 verdict which said there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets.

Party leaders also took a dig at former Congress president Rahul Gandhi after the apex court asked him to be careful in future while closing a plea for contempt case against him for wrongly attributing certain comments on the Rafale deal to it.

“SC rejects review petitions on Rafale deal; raps Rahul Gandhi; asks him to be careful in future. Huge victory for Narendra Modi-led government,” BJP general secretary (organisation) BL Santhosh tweeted.

The Supreme Court also closed the contempt plea against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for wrongly attributing to the apex court his “chowkidar chor hai” remark in the Rafale case against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The court said the remarks made by Gandhi were far from true and he should have refrained from those and could have been careful.