In a major setback to the Union government, Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to accept the “stolen” Rafale files in the review petition.
The government had argued in the court that the documents were stolen from the department and hence cannot be considered as legitimate. They also initiated action against The Hindu under Official Secrets Act, 1923, for publishing the those.
The documents were submitted by senior advocate Prashant Bhushan in the apex court as part of the petition seeking a review to the Rafale judgement which gave a clean chit to the Modi government, on December 14, 2018.
The Hindu had released a series of documents and revealed that the Prime Minister’s Office did parallel bargaining with Dassault and decided the clauses for the for buying 36 fighter aircraft.
The SC has now to fix dates for the hearing.