New Delhi: A day after getting clean chit from the Supreme Court in Rafale fighter jets deal case, Narendra Modi-led Central government on Saturday 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).
Yesterday, 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.
Earlier in the day, 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.
“There are factual bloomers in the judgment for which the government is responsible and not the court. If you give wrong facts to the court and on that basis, the court makes assertions, infactual that case it’s the government which is responsible,” Sibal said. (Also Read: Rahul Gandhi May Trust Pakistani Court’s But Not Our SC: BJP’s GVL Narasimha Rao Over Rafale Verdict)
Earlier in the day, 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.
“Yes if he (Kharge) has not received, we have to take him at his word. He should file an affidavit in court saying he has not received it and the committee has not examined it. So what is there we don’t know. They should file a review petition or an affidavit before court because he has been named so he has every right to file an affidavit and set the record straight,” Swamy told ANI.
The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed all petitions seeking probe in the 36-Rafale fighter jet deal. The apex court bench hearing the case remarked that perception of individuals cannot be the basis of fishing and roving inquiry by this court, especially in such matters. and refused to order a detailed scrutiny of Rafale deal.