New Delhi: Reacting to a ‘U turn’ by the attorney-general in the Supreme court on Friday on his earlier statement that documents on the Rafale fighter jet deal had been stolen from the defence ministry, the Congress charged the Narendra Modi government of ‘serving hundred lies to hide one truth’.
A day after claiming in the Supreme Court that the documents on the Rafale fighter jet deal had been stolen from the defence ministry, attorney-general KK Venugopal, going back on his word, on Friday claimed the papers were not stolen and what he meant to tell the apex court was that petitioners demanding a probe into the deal had used “photocopies of the original papers”, which have been deemed secret by the government.
Reacting to this, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the Modi government was “serving hundred lies to hide one truth”.
According to media reports, the Attorney general, in a damage control exercise on Friday, said, “I am told that the opposition has alleged what was argued (in SC) was that files had been stolen from the Defence Ministry. This is wholly incorrect. The statement that files have been stolen is wholly incorrect.”
The government statement in the court that documents on the Rafale deal had been stolen from the defence ministry had drawn it flak from the Congress.
Further, the attorney general’s statement that anyone publishing the said documents would face action under the official secrets act had evoked condemnation from media organisations and the opposition.
What did Centre tell Supreme Court?
“These documents were stolen from the Defence Ministry either by former or present employees. These are secret documents and can’t be in the public domain,” the Attorney General has been quoted by NDTV.
When Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi asked what action has been taken, the Centre said the government is probing into the matter.
“It is a criminal offence. We are objecting preliminary because secret documents can’t be annexed with the petition. Review and perjury petitions must be dismissed,” the Attorney General was quoted by NDTV.