New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Ministry of Defence to file an affidavit in the Rafale case after it seeks permission for the same.
The apex court is hearing a batch of petitions against its earlier verdict, wherein it dismissed the plea for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the Rafale deal. The court will now resume the hearing on Thursday.
On March 6, the government told the Supreme Court that the review petitions should be dismissed as they are based on ‘stolen documents’ from the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
However, in a U-turn on March 8, Attorney General KK Venugopal said that the documents were not stolen but the petitioners were using ‘photocopies of the original’ papers.
In view of this, Congress president Rahul Gandhi attacked the Modi government and asked that if the ‘documents were stolen’ that means they were legitimate and contained something crucial.
WHEN DID IT BEGIN
In December, the top court had dismissed petitions that called for a probe into India’s deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets, saying that it saw no occasion to doubt the decision-making process to acquire the planes. The petitioners claimed that Central government officials had misled the court, supplying it with false information.
The Centre had defended the deal on the grounds of an “urgent requirement” for national security and had justified the scrapping of the earlier deal for 126 aircraft as it was taking too long to reach conclusion.