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Wholly incorrect: AG Venugopal's u-turn on stolen Rafale deal papers

Venugopal's u-turn came after opposition parties led by Congress President Rahul Gandhi revived their attack on Prime Minister Modi

Friday March 8, 2019 11:25 PM, ummid.com News Network

Venugopal on Rafale Papers

New Delhi: Two days after his statement in the Supreme Court of India created a political storm, Attorney General Venugopal Friday said to say that the important documents relating to Rafale fighter jet deals were stolen from the Ministry of Defence is "wholly incorrect".

The Attorney General, whose statement had embarassed the Modi govenment, also said that he meant to say that the petitioners used "photo copies" of the original Rafale deal papers.

"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," Venugopal told PTI.

Venugopal said the application filed by Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and Prashant Bhushant, seeking from the court a review of its verdict dismissing pleas for a probe into against the Rafale deal, had annexed three documents which were photocopies of the original.

Venugopal's u-turn came after opposition parties led by Congress President Rahul Gandhi revived their attack on Prime Minister Modi alleging "corruption" in the Rafale fighter jet deal.

In a message posted on Twitter Rahul Gandhi had said that there are enough evidence to prosecute PM Modi, in what he called, the "Rafale Scam".

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