The Centre on Monday sought more time to file a fresh affidavit in the Rafale review petition case and requested the Supreme Court to defer the hearing which was fixed for April 30 to allow it to file the affidavit.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi didnot pass any order on adjournment, however, allowed the Centre’s counsel to circulate a letter requesting adjournment among all parties involved in the case.
In the 10 April order, a three-judge bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi was unanimous that the review petitions should be heard in their own merit into the Rafale fighter jet deal.
In March, the government had asked for the review pleas to be dismissed, claiming they were based on “secret files” accessed from the Defence Ministry.
The plea filed by former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, journalist Arun Shourie and lawyer Prashant Bhushan sought the recall and review of December 2018 judgment giving clean chit to the central government in the Defence deal.