Government misled Supreme Court on Rafale: Congress

New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday alleged that the BJP-led government at the Centre had misled the Supreme Court over the multi-billion dollar deal between India and France for procurement of 36 Rafale jets and committed contempt of court and perjury even as the Centre scampered to the top court seeking “correction of the errors” in the verdict. So Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi was put in a quandary by the government on Saturday by rushing with an affidavit early in the morning to seek an urgent correction in his Bench’s judgment on Friday, dismissing all petitions for probe into the Rafale fighter aircraft deal.

The Supreme Court has gone into Christmas holidays and hence it is to be seen whether the CJI will convene the Bench’s meeting or waits for opening of the court on January 2. The government wants an urgent correction in view of the public controversy. Sources said the CJI, who had penned the judgment, can issue the correction by circulating the affidavit to the two other judges for their comments.

The Government denied Rahul Gandhi”s charge of “lying” to the Court and faulted the Court for misinterpreting its contentions given in the sealed cover. Its affidavit says it had already admitted sharing the Rafale pricing details with the CAG whose report is not yet tabled in Parliament for the PAC to examine.“….unfortunately, an element of misrepresentation of the statement made in the note/bullet points handed over on behalf of the Union of India in the sealed cover, appears to have crept in. This has also resulted in a controversy being raised in the public domain,” says the affidavit.

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