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Centre plans new plea on Kargil defence purchases

April 09, 2005 00:04 IST

The Central government will file a fresh affidavit before the Supreme Court on Kargil defence purchases, official sources said on Friday.

The affidavit is likely to elaborate on the misconduct of officials responsible for the deals during and after the conflict.

The Centre is contemplating strict action against those responsible in the previous National Democratic Alliance government for exploiting the Kargil purchases with the motive of personal benefit in violation of rules and regulations, they said.

The exercise was being carried out in the wake of Attorney General Milon K Banerji's letter to Defence Secretary Ajai Vikram Singh stating that additional affidavit should focus on the persons responsible on the basis of the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, the sources added.

The Attorney General had even conveyed to the Defence Ministry that he could place his own interpretation on the facts for the benefit of the case.

However, they said the Defence Ministry submitted an affidavit before the court, which was not in conformity with the draft sent by the Attorney General.

The sources said the Centre was now considering whether the facts reveal a 'prima facie case of commission of criminal offence under law as heavy financial losses in excess of Rs 2,000 (as per CAG report) were caused in addition to the fact that the equipment did not materialise at the time of its need'.

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