Govt admits Rafale File stolen from MoD; Next Hearing on March 14

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NF Bureau: The Government on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that documents linked to the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal were stolen from the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice KM Joseph heard the review petition.

While advocate Prashant Bhushan accused the Government of submitting false documents, the Attorney General alleged that the documents being cited by Bhushan were “stolen from the Defence Ministry by some former employee and the investigation is ongoing.”

The attorney general also indicated that action may be taken against two newspapers for publication of those documents.

After an intense round of war of words between Attorney General (AG) K.K. Venugopal, advocate Prashant Bhushan and Supreme Court bench over stolen documents, the Apex Court adjourned the hearing for 14 March.

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