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‘BJP Sponsored’ PIL An Attempt To Misdirect And Derail Investigation In Rafale Scam: Congress

Surjewala maintained Congress’ stand of demanding a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe in Rafale deal.

On Friday, All India Congress Committee communication in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said that the ‘BJP-sponsored’ Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in the Supreme Court, seeking disclosure of renegotiated prices of Rafale deal, is an attempt to “misdirect and derail investigation into the various facets of Rafale scam”.

Surjewala took to Twitter and said that the Congress would continue demanding a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe in the Rafale deal.

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The PIL was filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma seeking a stay on the Rafale deal. In his plea, Sharma has accused the Modi government of corruption and alleged discrepancies in the fighter jet deal with France.

This is not the first time that Advocate Sharma has filed a ‘controversial’ PIL. Earlier this year, the apex court rejected Sharma’s PIL seeking postponement of the Union Budget in view of Assembly elections in five states.

In 2015, Sharma was issued a show-cause notice by the SC, asking, “why he should not be debarred from filing and/or canvassing any Public Interest Litigation on account of the irresponsible and scandalous allegations levelled by him.” Sharma had filed a PIL against the NJAC and used derogatory terms like, “corrupt politicians and in-house criminals,” to refer to members of parliament. He was allowed to file PILs after he submitted an apology.

Most recently, SC had rejected Sharma’s plea seeking an SIT probe into the Nirav Modi-Mehul Choksi scam.

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