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Government has filed an affidavit in Supreme court for 'reform' in RAFLE order

Staff reporter, New Delhi
15/12/2018   0 Comments

After Congress' big charge about the 'missing CAG report', government has today filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court to make a factual correction in a paragraph in the Rafale judgement passed yesterday, in which a reference was made about the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report and Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC). 

Supreme Court had yesterday given a clean chit to the government and had rejected a bunch of pleas for probe into the Rafale figher jet deal. In the judgement on Friday, the apex court had noted that the pricing details have been shared with CAG, and the report of the CAG has been examined by the PAC. The issue of CAG and PAC was mentioned in para 25 of the judgement of the top court which had held that there were no irregularities in the procurement of 36 Rafale jets from France. 

According to reports, a law officer said that the application has been filed to convey to the court that there has been some misinterpretation on the issue of the documents placed in a sealed cover relating to the CAG and PAC. The government has refuted the charge, claiming that it never "misled" the Supreme Court on the CAG report and it seems there is a "typing-error", for which the government has submitted a notification in Supreme Court for correction. 

The government has sought correction in the two paras of the Supreme Court Rafale order. Yesterday, the CAG report, relying on which the Supreme Court dismissed the petitions, turned out to be the latest flashpoint over the Modi government's decision to buy 36 French built fighters. The Congress government had charged that government never shared the CAG report to Parliament Accounts Committee. In a press conference yesterday, Rahu Gandhi had charged that the PAC chief has not seen the CAG report and the government has misled the apex court. According to reports, the CAG report on the Rafale is still under preparation and may only come out next year. 

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