Drifting away from Congress' stand on the verdict pronounced by the Supreme Court on the Rafale deal, wherein the three-judge bench dismissed all the pleas seeking investigation into the matter, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav has stated that people should accept the topmost court's decision, and not call for a JPC.
Speaking to the media a day after the apex court found no irregularities in the Rafale deal, Akhilesh said, "The Supreme court is trusted by the people. It is supreme. We had demanded for a JPC before the SC gave out its verdict. Now that the court has given it's judgment, we should go by what they have said."
Despite the three-judge bench of SC, headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi rejecting all the petitions requesting a court-monitored probe into the Rafale deal, the Congress party, lead by its party president Rahul Gandhi, has not accepted the verdict. In it's defence, the party has stated that the Modi government had lied in the court and had tried to mislead the bench by giving false details.
"The foundation of the judgement of the Supreme Court are these three lines: The pricing details have however been shared with the CAG, and the CAG report has been examined by PAC. Only the redacted portion of the report has been placed in the Parliament and is in public domain.The government will have to explain to us where is the CAG report. Show it to PAC chairman Mallikarjun Kharge ji. Maybe a different PAC is running parallelly, maybe in a different Parliament, maybe in the Parliament of France. It's possible Modi ji has constituted his own PAC in PMO," Rahul Gandhi had said hours after the SC's verdict.
It was followed by similar comments by PAC chief and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who said that he and members of PAC had no knowledge about the CAG report, on Saturday.
"Govt lied in SC that the CAG report was presented in the house and in PAC and PAC has probed it. Govt said in SC it is in public domain. Where is it? Have you seen it? I am going to take this up with other members of PAC. We will summon AG and CAG," he added.