New Delhi: In a setback to BJP and Modi-baiter advocate Prashant Bhushan, the Supreme Court on Thursday hinted that his review petition on the Rafale matter would not see a hearing any time soon. 

While Bhushan appealed to the apex court to hear the matter soon, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi said the review petition hearing needed the constitution of the same bench that had heard the matter before. This would take time, the CJI told Bhushan. 

The CJI said that four petitions have been lodged with the court on Rafale, including one from the government. The Centre had filed a modification petition in the case, while the rest three are review petitions. 

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On January 2, Bhushan along with former Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha had filed the review petition in Supreme Court, challenging its December 14 judgment that turned down demand for an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the Rafale fighter jets controversy.

The apex court had dismissed several PILs, which wanted an investigation in the Indo-French deal over allegations of irregularities by the Modi regime. 

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The trio had contended that the court had not delved into the disputed facts of the case. They had also alleged that the Centre had presented wrong facts to the top court and that there had been no CAG report on the deal since it had been inked.