The Three Judge Bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi is likely to hear the review petitions filed in Rafale case on Wednesday, 6th March 2019.
This bench, also comprising of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph would sit after the proceedings of the CJI headed five judge constitution bench in Ayodhya case gets over.
The Ayodhya case is posted on 6th March for the limited purpose of passing orders on reference of the dispute to a Court appointed mediation process. As this might not take much time, it is most likely that the three judge bench will hear the review petitions in Rafale cases.
Last week, when these review petitions filed by former ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, Advocate Prashant Bhushan and AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh, were taken up in CJI's Chamber, the judges had decided it to give an open court hearing. Along with the review petitions, the Court will also hear the correction petition filed by the Central Government, and also the petition filed for initiating perjury proceedings against officials who allegedly misled the Court by submitting false information in the notes submitted to the Court.
On December 14 last year, the apex court had dismissed a clutch of Public Interest Litigations, observing that there was "no occasion to doubt" the decision-making process of the Centre in the procurement of 36 Rafale jets from France.
Review petitions have claimed that the judgment contains "patent factual and legal errors". The following are some of the main grounds on which the review is sought.