BJP leader Narasimha Rao praised the Supreme Court's judgment on the Rafale review petitions and slammed the petitioners. The BJP leader also said the credibility of petitioners in the Rafale review case has been shattered. He said the Supreme Court's decision shows it has given a 'thumbs up' to the procurement of Rafale jets. He also said all the petitions were politically motivated to tarnish the image of the Government.
"All the allegations in the case of Rafale, the Honourable Supreme Court held several months ago that they (Supreme Court) had given a clean chit to the entire procurement process. They found that the allegations were completely unfounded and baseless. All the review petitions that were actually politically motivated, which were based on falsehood and really an attempt to tarnish the image of the BJP and the Government. Today by dismissing all the review petitions, I think the Honourable Supreme Court has completely given a thumbs up to the entire process. The credibility of all the petitioner’s has been shattered today. The people of the country have proved their faith in the government even in the elections. Today the Supreme Court has only reinforced it supports and complete approval of the acquisition of Rafale planes," he said.
The leader also spoke about the contempt of plea against Rahul Gandhi that the Supreme Court closed by warning Rahul Gandhi. The contempt plea was filed by BJP lawmaker Meenakshi Lekhi.
"His (Rahul Gandhi) credibility which was already very low has today been completely shattered. There cannot be a greater insult and humiliation for a political leader than getting a complete rebuff from the people of the country and from the highest court of the country," G. V. L. Narasimha Rao said.
BJP Member of Parliament Meenakshi Lekhi had accused former Congress president Rahul Gandhi of misquoting an order of the SC. Rahul Gandhi had said that the apex court had accepted that ‘chowkidar’ is a ‘chor’. In the wake of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. After this, the SC issued a contempt notice against Gandhi, he later tendered an apology seeking closure of the proceedings.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has dismissed the review petitions in the Rafale case against the apex court's December 14, 2018 judgment that upheld the 36 Rafale jets' deal. The review petitions had asked for a review in the jet deal with French firm Dassault Aviation.