Venugopal alters stand, says documents not stolen, petitioners used 'photocopies'

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AG KK Venugopal, who represented the government in Rafale case in SC stated that the petitioners used ‘photocopies of the original papers”, which were protected under the Official Secrets Act.

New Delhi: Amid a political row over Attorney General (AG) KK Venugopal’s earlier statement that documents related to the Rafale deal were “stolen”, on Friday the latter altered his stand. Venugopal, who represented the government in the case in Supreme Court (SC) stated that the petitioners ‘photocopies of the original papers”, which were protected under the Official Secrets Act. 

Venugopal’s statement in the Supreme Court on Wednesday caused a political furore after he claimed that the documents related to the Rafale deal were stolen. "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 AG told the news agency PTI. 

He said that the application filed by Arun Shourie, Prashant Bhushan and Yashwant Sinha seeking a review of SC’s December 14 verdict which dismissed a plea for a probe into the Rafale deal, had obtained “photocopies of the original documents”.

On December 14, the SC had given a clean chit to the Narendra Modi government on the acquisition of 36 Rafale jet fighters have started. Meanwhile, government lawyer KK Venugopal alleged that the documents were stolen from the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Rejecting the petition, which had sought a court-monitored probe into the purchase of 36 Rafale jets from Dassault Aviation at a cost of Rs 59,000 crore, the SC said that the procurement process was not in doubt and added that it cannot go into the question of pricing and the choice of offset Indian partner by Dassault Aviation.
The government also threatened legal recourse against the Hindu newspaper under the Officials Secret Act based on the premise. Based on the documents, the Hindu had carried a news report saying that the deal negotiated by the NDA government was 41 percent dearer than the one negotiated by the UPA regime. 

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