SC should recall Rafale verdict, try Modi government for perjury: congress

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New Delhi, Dec 16 :Terming that the Supreme Court judgment on the Rafale case was “void” as it was based on “false and misleading submissions” by the Centre, the Congress on Sunday demanded that the Supreme Court should immediate recall the verdict and a notice to be issued to the Modi government for perjury and contempt of court.

Congress leader Anand Sharma said, “Government misled the Supreme Court to get a manipulated judgement and when this glaring error came to notice, they told the SC couldn’t understand English language. Therefore we demand that the SC immediately recall this judgement, which is void.”

“The Supreme Court should not entertain the Centre’s Saturday application seeking rectification of errors in the judgment,” he added.

Sharma said that the Modi government not only committed perjury by making false assertions before the court but was also guilty of breach of parliamentary privileges.

” The entire episode has dented the dignity of the highest court in the country and it should give notice to the Modi government for perjury and contempt of court,” Sharma told the media here.

“The Supreme Court judgment is not only self-contradictory but is shocking in terms of having factual inaccuracies that are a result of false and misleading submissions made by the government.

The former union minister flayed the Modi government over its Saturday plea to rectify two sentences in the para 25 of the judgment where due to “misinterpretation” by the court, saying “is” was interpreted as “has been” at one place and as “was” in another.

“What the Modi government has done is unprecedented and its curative petition adds only to the injury it has caused to the Supreme Court. Instead of admitting its lies and apologizing, it is giving grammar lessons to the Chief Justice and his fellow judges.

“The court should take serious note of this and take action against the government for perjury and contempt of court,” said Sharma, adding that the matter of breach of parliamentary privileges will also be raised in both Houses.

However, PAC Chairman Mallikarjun Kharge and the Congress have maintained that “no portion of the CAG report has been placed before Parliament or was in the public domain”.

The Supreme Court on Friday had dismissed multiple petitions seeking court-monitored probe into the purchase of 36 Rafale jet fighters holding that the decision making process was not in doubt and it cannot go into the question of pricing and choice of offset Indian partner by the French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation.

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