Reacting to the Supreme Court's order dismissing preliminary objections raised by the government over the documents presented in arguments in the Rafale review petitions, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the order is not a set back for the government.
While talking to the media, he said:
"In the wake of Supreme Court's order, the false perception has been created that it is a big setback to the government, this perception is wrong. The only issue today was whether the objection by the government related to privilege and certain unauthorized documents which were taken out in an unauthorized way should be considered or not. The Supreme Court has only stated that 'we shall consider these documents.' Nothing more. the stand of the government with respect to Rafale deal is clear. It has already been upheld by the Supreme Court, stating that there is no commercial angle and the Indian Air Force needs effective air power in form of Rafale jets.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday while dismissing the plea had declared:
"We dismiss the preliminary objection raised by Union of India questioning the maintainability of the review petition," a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph said.
Speaking to the media after filing his nomination from Amethi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said to the media that the SC's Rafale order had proven that the "chowkidar" is a "chor." Minutes after Congress chief Rahul's statement, Congress' communication in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala held a press conference and said that the verdict has exposed the "lies of the Prime Minister on Rafale".
Arun Shourie, who filed the review plea in the apex court's Rafale deal verdict, met the media outside the SC and said:
"It's a big shot in the arm for the country. It's a unanimous judgment in which the government's exceptions have been rejected."