On Thursday, the Centre told the Supreme Court that no one can produce the documents pertaining to Rafale fighter jet deal without the permission of the concerned department.
Attorney General KK Venugopal, who is appearing for the Centre pointed to section 123 of the Evidence Act and provisions of RTI Act to support his claim. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and K M Joseph is currently hearing the case.
The top court has reserved its order on whether it should examine the documents submitted by Prashant Bhushan and other in the review petitions filed in the Rafale deal.
KK Venugopal argued that the court should remove leaked pages from the petitions and added that “Supreme Court should direct removal of the leaked pages from the review petitions as the government claims privilege over these documents,”
Earlier, on December 14, SC had rejected the petitions by former Union Ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie,seeking a court-monitored probe into the Rafale deal.