The Rafale deal controversy continues as the centre in its latest petition has stated that the Supreme Court has misinterpreted the procedure that was mentioned on the sealed cover submitted in the court. The Centre claims that there was a “typing error” regarding the price examination of the jets when it submitted its reports.
The centre says that they only presented an outline of the procedure in the sealed cover along with the pricing details of the 36 fighter jets and now wants to present a clarification regarding the same.
All the uproar is regarding the point 25 on page 21 of the SC order that says, “ “The pricing details [of Rafale deal] have, however, been shared with the Comptroller and Auditor General (hereinafter referred to as ‘CAG’), and the report of the CAG has been examined by the Public Accounts Committee (hereafter referred to as ‘PAC’). Only a redacted portion of the report was placed before the Parliament, and is in the public domain.”
The centre claims that due to a typo error what should have been “the CAG report WILL BE EXAMINED BY THE PAC” instead became “it has been examined by the PAC”.
The centre in its petition states that “…unfortunately, an element of misinterpretation 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”.
However, the opposition has flatly refused to believe these claims and has accused the centre of “misleading” the Supreme Court by submitting incorrect and false facts regarding the CAG report. The Congress has also asked the Government to apologise for the same.
Earlier Yesterday, Supreme Court has given a clean chit to current Govt on Rafael Deal.
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