New Delhi: The Congress party rejoiced and welcomed the Supreme Court‘s decision to allow the leaked or ‘stolen’ documents to be used by petitioners seeking a review of the Rafale judgement.
“We dismiss the preliminary objection raised by Union of India questioning the maintainability of the review petition,” a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph said on Wednesday.
Hailing the decision, Congress’s chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “Modiji, you can run and lie as much as you want but sooner or later the truth comes out. The skeletons in Rafale scam are tumbling out one by one. And now there is ‘no official secrets act’ to hide behind.”
He further tweeted:
Arun Shourie, one of the petitioners seeking a review of the Rafale verdict said, “Our argument was that because the documents relate to defence- you must examine them. You asked for evidence and we have provided it. So the court has accepted our pleas and rejected the arguments of the government.”
The Centre had submitted that the privilege documents were procured by petitioners in an illegal way and used to support their review petitions against the December 14, 2018 judgement of the apex court dismissing all pleas challenging procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France.
The top court said review petitions against its December 14 verdict dismissing all petitions against procurement of Rafale jets will be decided on merits. The apex court said it will fix a date for hearing review petitions.
With PTI inputs