Rejecting the allegations Thursday, the centre stated that the application for perjury filed by the review petitioners was “completely misconceived” and that their stand was “vacillating and self-contradictory”.
The Defence Ministry also stated that “the then Hon’ble Raksha Mantri had recorded on file that... “it appears that PMO and French President’s office are monitoring the progress of the issues which was the outcome of the summit meeting”.”
In an affidavit submitted to the apex court, the government said, "The monitoring of the progress by PMO of this Government to Government process cannot be construed as interference or parallel negotiations."
A bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph is hearing a clutch of review petitions -including one by former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan against its December 14 verdict on the Rafale fighter jet deal.
The Opposition parties have alleged that the NDA government bought 36 Rafale fighter aircraft, built by Dassault Aviation of France, under a direct government-to-government agreement at a much higher price than the one that was being negotiated for 126 aircraft by the previous UPA government under an open tender.
New Delhi, Jan 22 (ANI): France Ambassador to India Francois Richier on Friday said France President François Hollande's second visit to India would be a great occasion to strengthen India-France relations. He added that there were several agendas such as energy restoration, space projects that would be the prime agenda of the talk. On the Rafale deal, Richier said discussions are going on and the outcome was yet not known. He added that there would also be an internal meeting with Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi. Regarding the threat received on Hollande's visit, Richier said it was being investigated and such threats are just to create disorder.