New Delhi: Seeking to debunk Congress president Rahul Gandhi's allegation that the Modi government had misled the Supreme Court, the Union government today filed a correction petition in the apex court saying that the observations in the judgment have been used to create a controversy in the public domain and they should be corrected in the public interest.

The government filed a plea in the Supreme Court saying it is "seeking a correction with regard to two sentences in paragraph 25 of the judgment delivered by this honourable Court on 14.12.2018 in the present case.

"The error in these 2 sentences (para 25 of the SC verdict) , as explained hereinafter, appears to have occurred, perhaps, on account of a misinterpretation of a couple of sentences in a note handed over to this Hon’ble Court in a sealed cover.  The observations in the judgment have also resulted in a controversy in the public domain, and would warrant correction by this Hon’ble Court in the interest of justice."

The plea filed by the government said that the point that the government had already shared about the pricing details with the CAG is factually correct. On the other issue of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament, the Union government said it had stated in its reply in the sealed cover that the report of the CAG "is" examined by the Public Accounts Committee whereas in the judgment, the word "is" has been replaced with "has been".

In this regard, the government has requested the Supreme Court that the latter may direct corrections in paragraph 25 of its judgement so that any doubt and/or any misunderstanding is not allowed to creep in the judgment.

Gandhi had on Friday said that the Supreme Court in its Rafale verdict had cited a report by CAG on the Rafale deal submitted to the PAC but asserted that no such report was given to the house panel headed by Congress’s leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjuna Kharge.