Supreme Court asks Modi Government to give Rafale Pricing, offset partner details

Rafale deal scam

New Delhi, Oct 31: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the central government to submit details of the pricing and strategic details of Rafale aircraft in a sealed cover to the court in 10 days.

The bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi told the Centre it should state in an affidavit the “difficulty” in sharing the information on pricing after Attorney General K.K. Venugopal said it might not be possible to disclose the cost.

The bench also directed that the government must disclose information on Rafale deal which can be legitimately put in public domain and information on induction of Indian offset partner be furnished to petitioners who have filed PILs”, relating to the decision-making process leading to the purchase of 36 jets in a fly-away condition.

As counsel Prashant Bhushan pressed for a court-monitored CBI probe, CJI Gogoi told him to wait apparently, indicating the current turmoil in the investigating agency.

Last week, the Narendra Modi government submitted the details of the decision-making process in the controversial Rafale deal in a sealed cover to the Court Secretary General.

Earlier on October 10, the bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had sought information from the Centre without the technical details and the prices of the Rafale fighter jets.

The court was hearing of a PIL filed against the Rafale deal between India and France.


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