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Updated: 19-12-2018 17:42 IST

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),"

Sharma said.

"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

Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar

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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