SC dismisses govt’s plea on Rafale papers, date of review petition to be fixed soon

SC Rafale Deal

The Hush Post| 10:43 am |one-minute-read

There was a big jolt to the government by the Supreme Court today when it dismissed centre’s plea which said that the Rafale papers cannot be examined because they are classified.

The SC said that a separate order will set a date to review the earlier judgement.

The former union minister Arun Shourie, who was also a petitioner in the case, said that they pleaded that all those officers who misled the court earlier should be brought before the court for perjury.

Shourie also said that whether the documents are classified or secret makes no sense. In fact, the only thing of importance is that whether these documents are genuine.

The SC in its order said that these documents cannot be considered as stolen documents. The SC decision was a unanimous one by all the three judges.

Earlier, the centre had claimed in the Supreme Court that the documents on Rafale deal relied upon by petitioners were stolen from the defence ministry. Attorney General KK Venugopal’s had then commented while targeting the The Hindu newspaper for publishing stories exposing various alleged anomalies in the Rafale deal. He argued the newspaper should be booked under contempt of court.

Amit Baruah, the Resident Editor of The Hindu while speaking to NDTV said that it is a big thing for the freedom of the press.

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