SC should recall `self-contradictory' Rafale ruling: Congress
Mumbai, Dec 19 (PTI)The Supreme Court's judgement in
the Rafale case is "self-contradictory" as it was misled by
the government, and the court should recall it to restore its
credibility, Congress leader Anand Sharma said here Wednesday.
The Supreme Court last week dismissed petitions
seeking probe in the deal for purchase of Rafale fighter jets.
"The government has not only misled the court but also
insulted it with a curative petition saying the court had
misinterpreted (the information submitted by the government),"
"The government misled the court and dented its
credibility. It is up to the Supreme Courtto correct the
situation by recalling the self-contradictory verdict. It is
up to the court to take action," he said.
"What is the BJP celebrating? The judgement has dented
the dignity and credibility of the apex court which needs to
be restored," the Congress leader said and demanded action
against the government for perjury.
Reiterating the demand for a joint parliamentary
committee (JPC) probe, Sharma said the SCwas not the right
forum to seek a probe inthe matter, as only a JPC has the
power to summon files, notings and witnesses.
Sharma said the Congress was not interested in what
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Finance Minister Arun
Jaitley have to say while defending Prime Minister Narendra
"Modi alone knows the truth. Former French president
(Francois) Hollande has not retracted his statement thatthe
India partner (in the contract) was identified by the Indian
government as a pre-condition for the purchase of 36 jets.
Only Hollande and Modi were involved in the decision," he
"These two ministers (Sitharaman and Jaitley) were not
involved in the entire process," Sharma said.
The government has approached the court afresh saying
that contrary to what the judgement indicated, the report of
the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on Rafale deal was
not submitted to the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament.
To a question about the alliance announced by the
Pradesh while keeping the Congress out, Sharma said Congress
has the mandate and people's confidence to defeat the BJP.
"Parties like DMK, RJD, NCP are with Congress. We feel
there should be a general consensus among other parties as
well to oust the BJP which has betrayed the people," he said.
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