New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday tore into the Congress for its reaction to the Supreme Court decision to allow ‘stolen’ documents submitted by the petitioners seeking a review in the Rafale deal judgement. Also Read - Dissent Cannot be Termed Seditious, Says Supreme Court; Junks Plea Against Farooq Abdullah
Addressing the media in Amethi after filing his nomination, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had welcomed the apex court order and said it had delivered justice. Also Read - 'Absolutely, It Was A Mistake': Rahul Gandhi On Emergency
Addressing the media later, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “We all know Congress president probably doesn’t even read even half a paragraph, but here, by saying that the court has accepted and by also saying that the court has said ‘Chowkidaar chor hai,’ these verge on contempt of court.”
To bolster her point, she said that the person who himself was on bail and violated every norm of political decency was alleging things which the court had not even said.
The minister made it a point to also clarify that the day’s judgement only pertained to whether such ‘stolen’ documents would be permissible in court or not. She said that the Government would anyway comply with the court orders but the media report that the petitioners had cited was ‘partly published or selectively published’. “The review petition is still waiting to be heard,” said the minister.
Challenging PM Modi for an open debate, Rahul had said, “I am ready to debate with PM Modi at a location of his choosing… the corruption in the deal is very evident… he has given IAF’s money to Anil Ambani. The SC order today proves that chowkidar hor hai.”
Calling the SC order a “victory for India,” the Congress also tweeted, “We welcome the Supreme Court’s judgement to review the Rafale petition. Satyamev Jayate!”