New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday expressed disappointment over Centre filing an application before the Supreme Court, seeking correction in a paragraph of the judgement on Rafale fighter jets deal that gave clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The ‘mistake’ is reportedly in a paragraph has a reference about the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report and Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
“According to media, Attorney General has said that he hasn’t done it then who prepared this affidavit? I think the PM should find it out because it embarrasses him, that we can’t even prepare a proper English draft, they could’ve have given it in Hindi also,” Swamy said.
Adding further, he said, “Questions are natural, whenever an affidavit is submitted in a sealed cover… this time by chance they revealed the submissions in judgement otherwise we wouldn’t have come to know. If the judges base their judgement on this, it hampers justice.”
CPI Secretary General Sitaram Yechury demanded that the Attorney General be summoned by Parliament. “It’s clear now that govt gave factually incorrect info to SC and they delivered verdict based on it. It should’ve gone to parliament but went to judiciary instead; it’s a breach of constitutional institutions. Only AG can answer, he should be summoned by Parliament,” he said.
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.
On Saturday, the Congress had blamed the Modi government for the “factual bloomers” in the Supreme Court judgement in the Rafale deal. Addressing media, senior advocate and veteran Congress leader Kapil Sibal said, “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.”
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.