In a counter-attack on Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh said that those who were leveling allegations on the centre ruling government over the disputes of Rafale fighter jet deal were “illiterate”.

Mr. Singh said, “Those who are making accusations are illiterate. They don’t have any knowledge about it. So it won’t be right to further comment on it.”

Addressing the role of Reliance Group in Rafale fighter jet deal, the Union Minister said that its (Reliance) officials have already discussed the issue. He continued that “now if you will keep on dragging the name again and again then I can’t do anything.”

Mr. Singh made the statement after the Congress Chief attacked PM Modi over the Rafale jet deal in election-bound Chhattisgarh rally.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court has started the crucial hearing of the Rafale fighter jet deal row. A three-judge bench was formed, comprising of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justices KM Joseph, and SK Kaul to heard a bunch of petitions related to the issue.

The Supreme Court said that discussions on the details pricing of Rafale fighter jets can take place only if the fact of the deal are permitted to come into public domain.

Advocate ML Sharma, who is one of the petitioners has asserted that the report filed by Centre in the court reveals “serious fraud” in the process of decision making. Mr. Sharma urges that the matter should be deal by a five-judge bench.

After Mr. Sharma’s petition, the council appeared for AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) leader Sanjay Singh has apprised the top court the pricing detail of Rafale jet deal was revealed twice in Parliament. Therefore, the submission of centre that the detailed pricing of the Rafale fighter jets cannot be made in front of the public is totally unaccepted and seems to be ‘excuses’.

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