Buoyed by Supreme Court’s dismissal of a review petition on Rafale aircraft deal, Union Home Minister and BJP national president Amit Shah on Friday slammed the Congress for its “malicious and baseless campaign” and demanded an apology from the party. The BJP chief said that the Supreme Court decision has reaffirmed Narendra Modi government's credentials as a "transparent and corruption free" regime.
"Surpeme Court's decision to dismiss the review petition on Rafale is a befitting reply to those leaders and parties who rely on malicious and baseless campaigns. Today’s decision, yet again, reaffirms Modi sarkar’s credentials as a government which is transparent and corruption free," Shah said.
Referring to the continuous disruption of of Parliament over the alleged irregularities in Rafale deal by the Congress, the BJP national president said that today's verdict has proved the those interruptions were "Sham" and the grand old party must "apologise to the nation."
"Now, it has been proved that disruption of Parliament over Rafale was a sham. The time could have been better utilised for welfare of people. After today's rebuke from the Supreme Court, Congress and its leader, for whom politics is above national interest, must apologise to the nation," he added.
In a major relief for the Narendra Modi government, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the Rafale mega defence deal and dismissed the review plea filed by senior advocate Prashant Bhushan, ex-Union Ministers Yashwant Singha and Arun Shourie. The Supreme Court’s bench comprising of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justice SK Kaul and Justice KM Joseph pronounced the verdict.
The mega defence pact was at the centre of political storm during the runup for the Lok Sabha Elections. Pronouncing the verdict, Justice Kaul said that, “We do not consider the submissions for the registration of FIR to be fair. The review petition was found to be "without any merit”, thus, dismissed by the top court.