Pune: Former BJP leader and noted journalist Arun Shourie was admitted to hospital in Maharashtra's Pune city after he fell ill, a doctor attending to him said on Monday.

The 78-year-old former Union minister fainted late Sunday night following which he was rushed to the Ruby Hall Clinic here, he said.

"All necessary tests have been performed and he is currently under observation. He is conscious," a senior doctor at the hospital said.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had dismissed petitions seeking a review of its judgment giving a clean chit to the Modi government in the Rafale fighter jet deal with French firm Dassault Aviation. On May 10, the Supreme Court had reserved the decision on the pleas seeking a re-examination of its findings that there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets. On December 14, 2018, the top court had dismissed the petitions seeking an investigation into alleged irregularities in the Rs 58,000 crore deal.

Arun Shourie, one of the review petitioners in the Rafale case, had said he was delighted by the unanimous verdict of the Supreme Court dismissing Centre's "peculiar argument" on admissibility of privileged documents.

"We are delighted, it is a unanimous verdict dismissing Central government's peculiar argument on admissibility of documents. Centre's argument meant no wrong can be done in the defence deal," he had told PTI.

Shourie is one of the review petitioners along with former union minister Yashwant Sinha and activist advocate Prashant Bhushan.