New Delhi: The Congress party has said that the ruling party BJP allegedly gave wrong information in the documents asked by the top court. This statement comes after the centre requested the Supreme Court to fix a factual error, in its judgement that gave the government a clean chit on the Rafal deal for 36 fighter jets from France Dassault.
Sunil Jakhar the Congress MP send a notice in the Lok Sabha against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while opposition moved a privilege motion against Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in Rajya Sabha.
In the Rajya Sabha Opposition leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad said “I have given a breach of privilege notice the government and in particular against Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad as it was the Law Ministry that gave the go-ahead for presenting the affidavit before the Supreme Court”
He added “this is the first time that a government has provided wrong information to the Supreme Court”
However, the top court had rejected any corruption in the Rs 59,000- crore Rafale jet deal and dismissed all petitions asking for an investigation. Repeatedly, the Congress alleging that the government scrapped the previous deal to sign a new one to help Reliance head Anil Ambani company bag an offset contract with Dassault. The Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi alleged that the costs jumped in this deal. But the court, while dismissing the need for an investigation said: “there is no evidence of commercial favouritism to any private entity.”
On the bases of CAG or Comptroller and Auditor General report, the judgement done by the bench. It said had been examined by the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC). however, Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who heads the PAC, clarified that he had not received any such report.
Over the report of CAG, the centre said that the Supreme Court misinterpreted that the Comptroller and Auditor General had examined the pricing of the jets and submitted its report.
The centre added in its petition “ unfortunately, elements of misinterpretation of the statement made in the note/ bullet points handed over on behalf of the Union of India in the sealed cover, appears to have crept in. This has also resulted in a controversy being raised in the public domain”
While talking against the deal opposition party Congress as quick to accuse the government of misleading the top court and demanded a recall of the verdict and a notice to the Modi government for perjury and contempt of court.
Kapil Sibal the Congress leader said that the court has neither gone into pricing nor into the technical aspects of the deal. He further continues “ then how can they say that the Supreme Court has given a clean chit to the government. If you (the government) have not given the evidence if the cross-examination has not happened then who gave you a clean chit. Only a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), which will be formed sooner or later, can probe”