Govt. seeks SC to correct its verdict on Rafale deal

Responding to Congress all-out attack on Narendra Modi’s government, accusing that it had lied before Supreme Court stating it had shared CAG report to Public Accounts Committee (PAC),  the government today approached apex court seeking some correction in its judgement.

It filed an application before the apex court, seeking correction in a paragraph in its judgement in which a reference has been made about the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report and Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

The Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi-led bench in the verdict said that the “pricing details have been shared with the CAG, and the report of the CAG has been examined by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)” but the Congress party maintained  that “no portion of the CAG report has been placed before Parliament or placed in the public domain”. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who chairs the PAC, had also said no such report had come to him.

Notably, the issue of CAG and PAC was mentioned in para 25 of the judgement of the top court which had held that there were no irregularities in the procurement of 36 Rafale jets from France. The judgement had said that the material placed before it shows that the Centre did not disclose in Parliament the pricing details of the Rafale fighter jet, but revealed it to the Comptroller and Auditor General.

Congress party had blamed the Modi government for the “factual bloomers” in the Supreme Court judgment in the Rafale deal. Addressing media, senior advocate and veteran Congress leader Kapil Sibal claimed that the apex court was neither the right forum to examine the corruption in the deal nor the verdict was a “clean chit” for the BJP-led Centre.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy suggested Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Mallikarjun Kharge to file an affidavit or review petition in court saying he did not receive the CAG report in regard with the Rafale deal and the committee has not examined it.

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