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 to Twitter on Thursday, Mayawati said that the Narendra Modi government made a sensational disclosure in the Supreme Court that secret documents pertaining to Rafale fighter deal were stolen from the Defence Ministry.
The Attorney General Wednesday threatened invoke Official Secrets Act and initiate “criminal action against two publications who ran reports based on the documents and a lawyer”, claiming that the documents related to Rafale deal were stolen.
On Wednesday, the Centre had informed the Supreme Court that the documents related to the deal were “stolen” from the Defence Ministry, and that an investigation over the alleged theft was in progress.
Rafale deal: The Hindu report, citing a “Defence Ministry note” of November 2015, stated that the Ministry “raised strong objections to ‘parallel negotiations’ conducted by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) with the French side” in the Rafale deal.
The much-awaited CAG report revealed that the Rafale deal signed by the Modi government to procure 36 fighter jets from France's Dassault got 2.86 per cent cheaper price than what was negotiated during the previous UPA regime in 2007.
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