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Chidambaram takes jibe at Govt on AG’s ‘U Turn’ on Rafale files

3/9/2019

New Delhi, Senior Congress leader and former Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday took a jibe at the Narendra Modi Government on the ‘U Turn’ taken by the Attorney General on his statement to the Supreme Court that documents on Rafale had been stolen from the Defence Ministry. In a series of tweets, Mr Chidambaram said,’’On Wednesday, the Official Secrets Act was shown to the newspaper. On Friday, the Olive Branches Act was shown. We salute common sense. On Wednesday, it was 'stolen documents'. On Friday, it was 'photo copied documents'. I suppose the thief returned the documents in between on Thursday.’’ Attorney General KK Venugopal , going back on his word, on Friday claimed that the papers were not stolen and what he meant to tell the Apex Court was that petitioners demanding a probe into the deal had used "photocopies of the original papers”, which have been deemed secret by the government. According to media reports, the AG has said,"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 government statement in the court that documents on the Rafale deal had been stolen from the Defence Ministry had drawn it flak from the Congress. Further, the Attorney General's statement that anyone publishing the said documents would face action under the official secrets act had evoked condemnation from media organisations and the opposition.

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