‘opposition’s allegation that Rafale files were stolen from MoD incorrect'

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Issuing a clarification on AG KK Venugopal’s comment that Rafale files were not stolen but photocopied, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman labelled opposition’s charge as incorrect.

New Delhi: Backing Attorney General KK Venugopal’s claim that Rafale files were not “stolen” but “photocopied” Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman called the opposition’s charge as “wholly incorrect”. Taking to her Twitter handle Sitharaman clarified that what Venugopal actually meant in his submission before the Supreme Court was that petitioners ((Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and Prashant Bhushan)  in the application used "photocopies of the original" papers, considered secret by the government.

In an interview to PTI, Venugopal had said that he never told the apex court that Rafale files were stolen but were photocopies of the original document obtained without any authorization. 

During the hearing the Attorney General had twice told the court that Rafale documents were "stolen" and once he said that they were "purloined" and that the investigation was underway, IANS reported.

BJP President Amit Shah also slammed the opposition and Rahul Gandhi for spreading lies saying: "Lies and Rahul Gandhi are synonymous. In this chain, he had yesterday said that Rafale's documents have disappeared from the Defence Ministry, but today it has become clear that no documents had disappeared. Another lie of Rahul Gandhi is in front of the public."

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