Rafale verdict: Congress attacks Modi government for ‘lying’, Centre seeks correction of ‘errors’

Prime News, National (New Delhi), December 15:- The Congress on Saturday turned the heat on Narendra Modi government for “lying and misleading” the Supreme Court leading to “factual bloomers” in the Rafale judgment even as the Centre scampered to the top court seeking “correction of the errors” in the verdict.

A day after the apex court, relying on “a CAG report”, dismissed multiple petitions seeking a probe into alleged irregularities in the deal, the Congress tore into the Modi government, saying “no portion of the CAG report has been placed before Parliament or was in the public domain”.

Amidst the Congress pressing for summoning of the Attorney General and the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament in this connection, the Centre moved an application before the top court seeking “correction of errors in the judgment” that it claimed “occurred, perhaps, on account of a misinterpretation”.

At the centre of the controversy is paragraph 25 of the judgment in which Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi-led bench observed: “The pricing details have, however, been shared with the CAG and the CAG report has been examined by the PAC. Only a redacted portion of the report was placed before the Parliament and is in the public domain.”

Intensifying the attack, senior Congress leader and PAC Chairman Mallikarjun Kharge said he will press for summoning the Attorney General and the CAG to ask them when was the public auditor’s report tabled and when did the PAC examine it. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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