Referring to Section 123 of Evidence Act and provisions of RTI, Venugopal said, "Under provision of Evidence Act, no one can produce privileged documents in court without permission of department concerned."
Last week, the government had threatened to invoke the Official Secrets Act and initiate “criminal action” against two publications which ran reports on the basis of these documents. It claimed that documents related to the Rafale fighter deal were “stolen” from the Ministry of Defence.
Taking a swipe at the prime minister's earlier remark "na khaoonga na khane doonga" (would not take bribes, nor let anyone do so), Pawar alleged that during Modi government's rule, the Rafale aircraft cost was increased.
"The Congress Party has today once again resorted to blatant lies and distorted facts to mount an unwarranted campaign of calumny and falsehoods against the Reliance Group and its Chairman Anil Ambani personally," the company said in a statement.
On October 10, the bench, also comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, had directed the Centre to provide in a sealed cover the "details of the steps" taken in the decision making process, sans pricing and technical information, which led to the deal.