On Rafale issue, another affidavit filed in Supreme Court

The Defence Ministry filed today yet another affidavit in the Supreme Court on the issue of Rafale jet fighter deal.

The MoD stated that the action of petitioners who wanted a review of the verdict in the Rafale case brought classified documents into public domain.

The central government told Supreme Court that it puts national security at risk and such unauthorized photocopying of secret documents amounts to theft.

This may be directed the leading daily newspaper that first published the documents as part of its investigative stories on the purchase of 36 fighter jets from France.

The government has contended that those seeking the review relying on “secret documents”, were violating the Official Secrets Act, for which the punishment is jail or fine.

During the last hearing of the Rafale case, the government had admitted that classified documents were stolen from the “Defence ministry”.

After the admission drew opposition attacks, the Attorney General clarified that the documents were not stolen but photocopied from the Defence ministry.

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